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Santa Barbara Jesusita Fire Update

FireFound a local TV station, KEYT with an evening update

6:30 p.m. UPDATE: The Jesusita Fire has over run it’s perimeter and is now burning into the Mission Canyon and San Roque Canyon areas of Santa Barbara. At this time there is no containment, and multiple structures have been lost. KEYT has confirmed reports that structures in the area of Palomino Rd have burned. KEY News will continue to monitor this breaking news situation.

The self-important media doesn’t seem to care enough to report.

The LA Times is providing coverage and has a map.

As anticipated, when the sun went down the winds picked up and the fire sprung to life, jumping the lines and reaching houses. The terrain is rugged with few roads, so trying to contain it will require airpower, and conditions in which the aircraft can fly.

Edit: LA Times links updated at 11AM CDT.


1 Kryten42 { 05.07.09 at 3:16 am }

The wildfires in CA have made the news here in Aus. We have a LOT of sympathy for anyone in fire areas.

I hope everyone stays safe. Good luck all!

2 Bryan { 05.07.09 at 11:24 am }

Shared misery is a strong bond.

California is going to have a tough Summer, and it’s just starting.

3 serene { 05.07.09 at 1:06 pm }

since this is a day of National Prayer, I deeply believe that through the prayers of many we have the power to command the winds, fire to go back where it came from. This prayer is for those who believe in Jesus Christ and that with faith we can move the m0untain into the ocean. We pray for things that are not as though they are. Pray thanking for favor to have the land back. God says ask and you shall receive pray and command the fires and wind return to where they have come , retreat and believe with unseen faith from the heart, not the head

4 cookie jill { 05.07.09 at 7:53 pm }

The winds have changed direction all throughout the day….first going to the “East”…then to the “West” (we don’t really use directionals here as our beaches face South and everyone gets really confused about that…we use either toward the beach…toward the mountains…toward San Francisco or toward Los Angeles.)

Hot spots are being stocked to life everywhere. Downtown feels eerie with an orange glow and “snow” falling in large chunks.

3M makes a GREAT face mask…I don’t care if I look like a hospital reject when wearing it….ash is NOT to breath in.

cookie jill´s last blog post..Saint Barbara

5 Bryan { 05.07.09 at 8:05 pm }

One of the problem with the “direction” is that the weather guys imply “from” when reporting wind direction, no “to”. A West wind is from the West towards LA. The arrow points into the wind on a weather vane.

In some ways ash is worse that viruses, because it can cause a chemical burn in your lungs. Glad to hear you are a committed mask wearer.

I’ve been concerned about the critters, because it looks like the small animal shelter is close to the evacuation zone on the map.

6 Kryten42 { 05.07.09 at 8:17 pm }

Be safe Jill!! Glad you are doing the sane things. Stay Safe and best of luck, though I sincerely hope you don’t need luck.

Stay safe all!

7 cookie jill { 05.08.09 at 2:10 am }

I think the whole town is going to go….it feels like it.

cookie jill´s last blog post..Smoke is billowing everywhere

8 Bryan { 05.08.09 at 9:25 am }

It all depends on the winds, and there is no way of knowing what they’ll do.