Yesterday around 4:30pm, I got this text:
Fire dept enroute for Fire in the Highway 154 area on the Santa Barbara Side.
When I got out of work I took this picture from SBCC East Campus around 5pm
By 7pm ish I took this at 2837 De La Vina St
Santa Barbara, CA
I have a friend who lives in the area. I am glad she is more prepared than I
am and high tailed it. Her house is not in danger, but Santa Barbara is
really just one bad wind change away from being burned down.
The air was clean this morning, but I can smell the fire now. Time to find
the N95 masks that I bought from the last fire.
Now for the editorial. We have a good airport. However, fire fighting
aircraft is located in Santa Maria and Los Angeles. I am thankfult to Los Angeles for
sharing their resources last night. Fires like this get out
of hand because of lack of quick response. Santa Barbara USED to have
fire fighting aircraft. There is a part of me that believes that we would have such
aircraft if it were important to our representatives.
A note: I think growing up in in Santa Barbara, I am remeber, how fast response was.
Even with resources close, fires could get out of hand. This fire went from a few
acres to over 3,000 in hours. Our fire department was on top of it. A single
helecopter around three hours later. Major air assets around 16 hours later.
It was scarry last night because there was gale warnings (34 to 47 knots) and wind
direction could have swepted the fire through town.
I am going to say this, I am appreciative of the effort to get the fire under control.
It is first rate.