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Zaca Control Line Map

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The Zaca Incident Command posted this map to Inciweb last night. The massive head of the fire is less than 5 miles from the Ventura County line and approximately 15 miles from the outskirts of Ojai. Clicking the map enlarges details. Note the distance between the Richardson Fire Camp in the Cuyama Valley and the […]

Zaca Fire Claims Spot In California Fire History

The Zaca Fire has now climbed to number 5 (171,750 Acres) in the top 10 largest wildland fire list in California history surpassing the Matilija Fire that burned in the same general area in 1932. By the end of the day the Zaca Fire should be number 3 surpassing both the Laguna Fire and Marble […]

Smoke Blankets Montana

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There are too many larger fires (over 500 acres) burning in Idaho, Montana and Wyoming to list individually here but check out the Morning Report for a full description of each incident. One fact that stands out is the Zaca Fire has three times the fire personnel (2,800) of any other fire currently burning except […]

Zaca Fire Maps & Satellite Photos

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Back on July 27 the Zaca Fire was stalled in the 40,000 acre range as the head of the fire looked to be moving generally southward towards populated areas. Note where they lost the fire on July 27, 28 to where we are today, 65,000 acres and almost three weeks later. It’s easy to play […]

Emerging Trend, Fire News In Espanol

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I can’t figure why Inciweb is generating web pages in Spanish (scroll down). Especially pages on the Zaca Fire which is currently burning away from the upscale (English speaking) communities once threatened by the fire. I saw the first evidence of insertion of Spanish language in May during a press conference from the lines of […]

Zaca Fire Satellite Images & Fire Summary

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Image from MODIS; click this link for a detailed view of smoke from 8/13. Image from August 12 Image from August 10 July 10 Zaca Fire perimeter at 10,000 acres (Map- Inciweb.org) August 13 Zaca Fire perimeter at 100,000 acres Size/AreaInvolved 101,472 ACRES Injuriesto Date: 25Current Weather ConditionsWind Speed: 5 mph Temperature: 72Wind Direction: NE […]

DC-10 Supertanker On Scene–Zaca Fire

Thirty days and $64 million into the fight and someone finally rang the phone for the game ender. The Santa Maria Times ran a piece today on the Zaca Fire with a photo of the aircraft and this; “A large jet-powered DC-10 air tanker made four round trips from Victorville Sunday, and flew deep into […]

DC-10 Supertanker To Zaca Incident……..?

With Inciweb.org down again SBCFire has stepped up to provide fire updates and within their report today we read; “Managers may use the high capacity (12,000 gallons) DC-10 aircraft this morning. Over 30 aircraft are working the fire.” Recall these lines from CalFire/CDF Director Ruben Grijalva who I quote in this post July 15 describing […]

Zaca Fire News Briefs

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Satellite view of the Zaca Fire via Google Maps. I’d like to know how this is done. Criminal charges brought on Zaca and other recent California fires. Via Inciweb this fire progression map from August 6. Click to Enlarge Information as of 0600 August 8Zaca Facts:Estimated Coststo Date $54,700,000Size/AreaInvolved 72,050 ACRES% Containedor MMA68 Percent Expected […]

Zaca Fire Video Timeline

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Found on YouTube is this very nice timeline of the Zaca Fire taken between 2:00 pm and 4:00 pm on August 4. It’s clear now why the command team at the time put out the evacuations. [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w07xyvvLaUk] For fun I had to throw in this video. How much would the Russian company operating this beast […]

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