The Rey Fire is heading north, away from the coast

Ray Ford

The Rey Fire is heading north, away from the coast

Rey Fire Heading North Into Backcountry

Monday, August 22, 2016

As of 11 a.m., the Rey Fire was heading directly into the backcountry of the Los Padres Forest and away from populated areas along the coast. With temperatures in the low 90s, the winds are blowing north-northwest by about 10 mph.

The smoke that Independent writer Ray Ford had observed earlier this morning hovering about the Camusa Ridge is not present anymore. The proximity of that smoke to the Santa Ynez River — the key line of containment for the Rey Fire — caused Ford some concern. “But right now, it’s looking pretty good,” said Ford. “It’s heading directly into the wilderness.”

By Courtesy Photo

Current boundaries of the Rey Fire

Ford said he could not directly see the air tankers making aerial drops on the fire, but could hear them doing so. He also stated that much of the attack was being directed at points closer to the river, so that if the fire reversed directions, that area would be more fortified, both with chemical retardant and line breaks.

updated 5:07 p.m., 8/25

Incident: Rey Fire
8/18, 2:59 p.m.


31,505 acres

Ranch buildings threatened


One minor injury

$8.6 million
Paradise Road campgrounds and Los Prietos Boys Camp
Paradise Road (now open to residents), East Camino Cielo Road between Painted Cave Road and Gibralter Road
Low-pressure system expected to bring cooler temperatures tonight and tomorrow

• Complete Rey Fire coverage here

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