California Fires

Discussion in 'West – California, the desert southwest and whatev' started by eatpasta, Dec 5, 2017.

  1. eatpasta

    eatpasta Lawnmower Target

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    Is everyone ok out there?

    Does anyone need anything?
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  2. Todd157k

    Todd157k Long timer

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    Sheez.. I work at Hasley Cyn. Fire broke out here an hour ago. The area is covered in smoke and our electricity keeps going out. The building A/C is off so it's getting 'comfy' in here. The 5 is shut down both directions from here.. so there's really no way out. The Old Rd is closed too. The 126 may be accessible but I don't know if I can get to it. Sigalert shows it all backed up. Wish I'd have brought the 701 to work!
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  3. eatpasta

    eatpasta Lawnmower Target

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    It was 32F when I left for work this morning. I only had a couple miles to go but it was cold...I can see why you wouldnt have ridden

    stay safe
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  4. eatpasta

    eatpasta Lawnmower Target

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    A friend of mine lost her house last night... looks like it's creeping into Carpenteria today.

    Half my office is out and they are talking about shutting us down tomorrow. My fam may leave SB for the weekend as we have a 3 month old
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  5. GalacticGS

    GalacticGS Motorcyclist

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    Prayers to all affected! Tragic for many...
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  6. dustin2

    dustin2 VFR800

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    Seems to be moving hard & fast. I hope that everybody here stays safe.

    @eatpasta Keep us posted
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  7. eatpasta

    eatpasta Lawnmower Target

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    Will do.

    Unfortunately 101 N out of SB is now closed because of a fire in Buellton.

    101 S is closed as well.... should be an interesting 48 hours.

    hopefully they reopen 101 N today and we can sneak out.

    ...and I had planned on going riding on saturday for the first time in months

    :lol3
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  8. breakdirt916

    breakdirt916 CA PLATED 94 YZ250 2-STROKE

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    Horrible stay safe out there guys!
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  9. Shunka

    Shunka Supervision Required

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    Winds just shifted to onshore down here in San Clemente.
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  10. 10K

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  11. eatpasta

    eatpasta Lawnmower Target

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    yeah, the fire keeps marching on.

    We awoke in Pismo yesterday to the sky totally obscured by smoke. Nearly every person we ran into was from Ojai, SB, or Ventura. We ended up running into a fair amount of people we knew around town.

    All schools are closed for the next month, including both colleges. Wife is trying to form a plan to get the kids out of town for at least a little while....

    my folks are in the mandatory evac zone now, in Mission Canyon. They aren't planning on leaving (again) so we will see what happens there. Im probably going to have to get them and their stuff out as they have no truck.

    the fire continues to steadily move west...

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  12. dustin2

    dustin2 VFR800

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    Thank you for the continuing updates. Sounds like the other fires are under control but the Thomas one is far from it.

    I guess the next thing to consider is what'll happen to that scorched earth when your wet season rolls in. I guess this is a long way from being 'over'.

    Good luck!
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  13. eatpasta

    eatpasta Lawnmower Target

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    We have four seasons here
    - Sun (fall and winter usually)
    - Fog (summertime usually)
    - Fire (that seems pretty normal these days)
    - Flood (as soon as everything burns up, we get 4 inches of rain and the inevitable happens)
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  14. bykergrrl

    bykergrrl Been here awhile

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  15. eatpasta

    eatpasta Lawnmower Target

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    These are updated every few hours - lots of info too

    https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5670/

    https://maps.nwcg.gov/sa/#/?/34.4407/-119.5553/14
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  16. Strong Bad

    Strong Bad Former World's Foremost Authority

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    Just a few words about "% containment" which the media loves to use. Containment is the term used to describe a line around the fire. That line can be a scratch line put in with a hand crew or with a fire break cut with a bull dozer. Containment has NOTHING to do with how much active flame there is. For example the Bel Air fire (started and extinguished last Wed.) is still being reported as less than full contained. Same with the Rye & Creek fires which the national news is reporting as being less than fully contained
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  17. eatpasta

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    Fire has moved well into Montectio now. It's progress has slowed significantly but still moving.

    Currently it's burning fuel that hasnt burned in 50 or so years so it could very easily take off if the winds come up
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  18. dustin2

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    I was looking at the map yesterday and it looked like it was one windy day away from reaching Santa Barbara. Sheesh...
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  19. Strong Bad

    Strong Bad Former World's Foremost Authority

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    Calfire lost one of their firefighters today in the Thomas fire, no word as to how it happened yet.
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    sopascat not much of an adventurer

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