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The backfiring operation was put into action when, yesterday [August 17], the fire became established on the southern flank in both Agua Caliente and Diablo Canyons and an increased threat to our densely populated areas. Tonight officials from the incident command post said today’s back firing strategies went according to plan.
The Santa Barbara County Sheriffs Department and fire authorities have issued an “EVACUATION WARNING” for East Camino Cielo Road from Gibraltar Road east to the Ventura County Line including Gibraltar Reservoir and Jameson Lake. Residents of these areas should consider what they need to take and be prepared to leave upon notice of the Sheriff’s Department, as they may not be able to come back to retrieve personal items due to potentially rapidly changing fire conditions.