Moonlight Fire bosses ordered up State OES engine strike teams for structure protection for the town of Greenville California, population 1,100. According to Wikipedia there are over 450 homes in the town.
From the Incident 209 report;
Significant events today (closures, evacuations, significant progress made, etc.):
Mandatory evacuations in effect in Greenville and Greenville Ranchera area. 5 local engine strike teams and 5 emergency need OES engine strike teams in place and ordered for structure protection. Efforts to re-establish control lines lost last night will take place today.
The Moonlight Fire facts are as follows;
Short Location Description (in reference to nearest town):
6 mi. NE of Greenville
Growth Potential – Extreme
Difficulty of Terrain – Extreme
Today’s observed fire behavior (leave blank for non-fire events):
Active downhill crown fire and long range spotting ( up to 2.5 mile). Active backing fire was also observed. Strong northern wind pushed fire in southern direction.
Bill Molumby and his team just went from bad to worse this fire season. You will recall he and his command team took over the Zaca Fire early on. They were later feted at a “going away” reception in upscale Montecito.
If he saves Greenville he will be toasted with Budweiser and treated to a down home backyard BBQ. Something tells me he and his crew will like that more than the fuss made in Santa Barbara.