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Lompoc California Evacuations Ordered as The Miguelito Fire Advances

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State and local firefighters are battling a wind driven brush fire burning out of control on the southern edge of the city of Lompoc on California’s central coast. The city of 42,000 is home to Vandenberg Air Force Base. The Miguelito Fire started mid afternoon today and quickly jumped from 50 acres to an estimated […]

Jesusita Fire Info, Satellite Images, Maps, Links

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Updated Info at County of Santa Barbara. Tanker 910 is on scene. KEYT reports here. Only fire officials can answer why the contract supertanker was not called in sooner. NOAA Sat Animation GeoMac InciWeb is up and running with Jesusita Fire information here. Current Situation Total Personnel 2,335 Size 3,500 acres Percent Contained 10% Fuels […]

Santa Barbara Still Losing Homes

Homes are still burning in Santa Barbara as the Jesusita Fire spreads tentacles of flame through canyons and into neighborhoods. The Governor declared a state of emergency on earlier this week that allowed fire officials to order up all necessary resources, so what happened? According to discussion on Wildland Fire more resources have been called […]

Jesusita Fire Maps and Links

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Jesusitas Fire Taking Out Homes in Santa Barbara County

From a distance the Jesusitas Fire that began last evening looked fairly benign. Fire officials were “cautiously optimistic” this morning that firefighters would be able to lock this one down with minimum acreage and property loss. Optimism was dashed late this afternoon as brisk offshore winds carried embers into adjoining neighborhoods resulting in numerous multi-million […]

Tea Fire Burns 100 Homes In Exclusive Montecito

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A wildfire has burned more than 2,500 acres and destroyed at least 100 homes in the Santa Barbara County community of Montecito. The Tea Fire began early Thursday evening and was pushed by high winds. Two firefighters and two civilians have been injured. At this time 120 fire engines and 500 firefighters are on the […]

Sundowners, Santa Barbara's Santa Ana's

One class from my fire academy days that stuck in my head through the years was unique California wind phenomena that included discussion of So Cal’s. Santa Ana’s, Chinook or East winds in the N/E part of the state and Sundowners in Santa Barbara. The instructors showed the class a video of dozer operators being […]