8 Aug 2009, 9:45pm
California
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La Brea Fire

Location: 25 miles E of Santa Maria, Santa Barbara Co., CA
Specific Location: Los Padres NF, Cottonwood Canyons, 10 miles S of Hwy 166, Lat 34° 57´ 00″ Long 119° 58´ 41″

Date of Origin: 08/08/2023
Cause: Under Investigation

Situation as of 08/31/2009 5:00 pm
Personnel: 176
Size: 89,489 acres
Percent contained: 100%

Costs to Date: $35,120,000

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Situation as of 08/24/2009 6:00 am
Personnel: 764
Size: 89,489 acres
Percent contained: 100%

Costs to Date: $32,192,287

Central Coast Team 7 (Type 2, IC D’Andrea) assumed command of the fire of 0600 on 8/24/2009. Monitoring of the fire is critical to keeping the fire within existing containment lines since weather conditions resulted in warmer and dryer conditions then the previous two days.

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Situation as of 08/22/2009 6:00 am
Personnel: 1,335
Size: 89,489 acres
Percent contained: 96%

Costs to Date: $30,001,719

The acreage breakdown is as follows: 88,696 acres of federal lands and 793 acres of state DPA land. Management of the incident will transfer to Smith’s Type II Team on 8/24/09 at 0600 hours.

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Situation as of 08/21/2009 7:00 am
Personnel: 1,370
Size: 89,489 acres
Percent contained: 94%

Costs to Date: $27,575,780

In Water Canyon, ~2 miles of the fire perimeter continued to actively back until around midnight. Air resources continue suppression efforts on the SE perimeter in the Water Canyon area. Crews continue improving line to the NE from Manzana Schoolhouse, patrol, and mop-up along containment lines.

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Situation as of 08/20/2009 6:00 pm
Personnel: 1,370
Size: 89,368 acres
Percent contained: 94%

Costs to Date: $26,674,841

Due to successful suppression actions, there was very little fire activity over most of the fire area. In Water Canyon, approximately 2 miles of the fire perimeter in extremely steep terrain continued to back into the drainage. Aerial resources and handcrews were working to check this fire spread, but the fire was still fingering down into the drainage. Some small upslope runs occurred as the backing fire crossed small drainages and the fire ran back into itself.

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Situation as of 08/19/2009 6:00 pm
Personnel: 1,520
Size: 89,015 acres
Percent contained: 87%

Costs to Date: $26,008,208

Direct and indirect line was constructed on the east side by Schoolhouse Canyon down to the Sierra Madre Ridge. Direct, indirect, and air resources are being used to construct line from Manzana Schoolhouse north towards Sierra Madre Ridge. Rehab efforts have begun from Miranda Pine to Schoolhouse Canyon.

The acreage breakdown is as follows: 88,222 acres of federal lands and 793 acres of state DPA land.

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Situation as of 08/18/2009 6:00 pm
Personnel: 1,505
Size: 88,661 acres
Percent contained: 75%

Costs to Date: $23,871,278

The evacuation order for Cottonwood Canyon was lifted today at 1200, but an evacuation warning remains in effect for the structures along Wiasioia Road.

The main fire activity has been in the Water and Wellman Canyon area in the wilderness. The fire made rapid upslope runs in this area and slopped over several ridge tops where the activity continued by backing into drainage bottoms. There was also active fire areas in the northern side of the Sierra Madre Ridge where the fire made short uphill runs and continued to spread laterally. Interior pockets continued to burn in many portions of the fire. In the wilderness area, retardant was very effective in keeping the fire in check.

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Situation as of 08/17/2009 6:00 pm
Personnel: 1,760
Size: 87,490 acres
Percent contained: 75%

Costs to Date: $19,662,353

Direct and indirect line was constructed on the east side by Schoolhouse Canyon down to the Sierra Madre Ridge. Direct line was constructed from Mazana Schoolhouse north towards Sierra Madre Ridge. Crews continued to hold and mop up from Mazana Schoolhouse north towards the Treplett fuel break by Miranda Pine.

The fire remained active in the upper portion of Cottonwood drainage throughout the unburned portion of brush. Active backing was observed with high potential for upslope runs in this area as the fire has numerous heat sources at the bottom of the drainage. On the south side of Sierra Madre Ridge, the fire continued to move south into the sub-drainages of Wellman Canyon by backing and rolling material.

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Situation as of 08/17/2009 11:00 am
Personnel: 2,078
Size: 87,490 acres
Percent contained: 75%

Costs to Date: $20 million (est.)

An evacuation order is still in place for the 23 threatened residences on Foothill Road in Cotton Canyon. Two structures have been destroyed by the La Brea Fire one was the non-operational White Oaks Ranger Station and the other a hunter’s cabin. Note: because the White Oaks RS was “non-operational” that publicly-owned building was comsidered worthless and fire fodder by the IMT.

The fire has spread to the 2007 Zaca Burn but has not stopped at the edge. Instead the fire is now reburning the 2-year-old burn. In the wilderness area from Sierra Madre Ridge to Manzana Schoolhouse, line will be constructed using minimal impact suppression tactics (MIST). Note: the alleged “wilderness” is a burnt-out wasteland. So-called MIST techniques will not save one blade of grass in this alleged “pristine” scorched earth moonscape.

A significant portion of the reported increase in acreage was the result of burn out operations. More burn out operations are planned proximate to communities.

La Brea Fire as of 08/16. Click for larger image.

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Situation as of 08/15/2009 6:00 pm
Personnel: 2,152
Size: 84,150 acres
Percent contained: 25%

Costs to Date: $15,033,969

An evacuation order is still in effect for the 23 threatened residences on Foothill Road, 7 residences on Buckhorn Ridge, 5 Pine Canyon, and 199 in Tepusquet. The one structure destroyed to date was the White Oaks Ranger Station.

The fire in Cuyama Valley continued to exhibit active backing, flanking, and uphill runs in the SE direction toward Big Spring Canyon. The fire in the upper drainages on the S side of Sierra Madre Ridge made uphill runs and was actively backing throughout the afternoon. Several interior pockets of unburned fuel exhibited rapid rates of spread.

A significant portion of the reported increase in acreage was the result of burn out operations.

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Situation as of 08/14/2009 6:00 pm
Personnel: 1,980
Size: 67,131 acres (reported, GEOMAC satellite hotspot detection indicates substantially more acreage than that)
Percent contained: 10%

Costs to Date: $11,271,514 (reported, possibly an underestimate or from an earlier date)

The fire has crossed the Sisquoc River by the Manzana Schoolhouse Campground. In Cuyama Valley, the fire backed moderately into Bates Canyon and is positioned to run upslope into Schoolhouse ridge tonight. In the Sisquoc drainage, active flanking occurred in the up canyon direction.

Burn out operations were successful from Colson Canyon Quarry north towards Buckhorn Ridge. Crews continued to hold and mop up along the north portion of the Treplett fuel break by Miranda Pine. Due to the proximity of these communities from the burn out operations, structure protection continued along Foothill Road in Cottonwood, Pine, and Tepusquet Canyon.

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Situation as of 08/14/2009 7:00 am
Personnel: 1,859
Size: 67,092 acres
Percent contained: 10%

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Situation as of 08/13/2009 6:00 pm
Personnel: 1,859
Size: 48,457 acres
Percent contained: 10%

Costs to Date: $8,501,306

Structures Threatened: 234 PRIM , 16 OUTB

Evacuation order for 23 threatened residences on Foothill Road, 7 residences on Buckhorn Ridge, 5 Pine Canyon, and 199 in Tepusquet. Structure protection was implemented along Foothill Road in Cottonwood Canyon and Pine Canyon.

The fire became active around 11 am with wind driven runs down major interior ridges. In Cuyama Valley and along the southwest side the fire made large uphill runs resulting in a plum dominated fire behavior.

The acreage breakdown is as follows: 48,269 acres of federal lands and 188 acres of state DPA land.

The New Cuyama High School and Benjamin Foxen Elementary School are currently the designated temporary emergency shelter staffed by the Santa Barbara County Chapter of the American Red Cross. If you need assistance with the evacuation and sheltering of animals, please contact the animal hotline at 681-4332.

Due to emergency vehicle traffic and congestion on Highway 166, the public is urged to seek an alternate route and to use extra caution when traveling the highway.

There will be another community meeting on Friday, August 14, at 6:30 p.m. at the Benjamin Foxen Elementary School, 4949 Foxen Canyon Road, in Sisquoc.

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Situation as of 08/12/2023 6:00 pm
Personnel: 1,641
Size: 29,480 acres
Percent contained: 10%

Costs to Date: $5,271,415

Structures Threatened: 14 PRIM , 8 OUTB

An evacuation order is still in effect for the 14 threatened residences on Foothill Road and an evacuation warning was issued via reverse 911 to the 104 residences in Cottonwood Canyon. Protective levees from Santa Maria to Guadalupe may be affected by significant loss of watershed.

The fire continued burning S approximately 1 mile down Horse Canyon towards the Sisquoc River. Fire continued to spread laterally, making large uphill runs in Eckart and Moon Canyons. The fire is active near the Horse Canyon and south of the Tepusquet fuel break. Unofficially the fire has reached the Zaca Burn (2007) where (fine) fuels may be significantly less.

Crews continued to hold the line on the Treplett fuel break and S along the upper portion of the Sierra Madre Ridge. Resources continued construction of contingency lines W of the fire. Direct line is being constructed on the E side of the fire where it has reached the flat area of the canyon.

The acreage breakdown is as follows: 29,418 acres of federal lands and 62 acres of state DPA land.

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Situation as of 08/11/2023 6:00 pm
Personnel: 1,277
Size: 21,029 acres
Percent contained: 10%

Costs to Date: $2,195,838

Evacuations of Moon and Eckert Canyons and evacuation warnings are now in effect for the areas bounded by Cottonwood Road and Wasioja Road between Highway 166 and Sierra Madre Road. Forest Service closure order no. 09-13-5100-10 is in effect for areas in and around the fire.

Fire was active in the N by the Treplett Fire Break and in the SW area by Foothill Road. The W side of the fire is being driven by the fuels in the area and the E side is being driven by the wind. Construction of line on the two slop overs of Sierra Madre Road and structure protection along Foothill Road. Crews will hold and mop up on Sierra Madre Road and continue to construct direct line along Horse Canyon.

At 1200 the fire entered into Unified Command with Cal Fire because the fire threatens state DPA. The threat is from a slop over off Sierra Madre Road into Foothill Road located in Branch Four. There is a cost share agreement with Cal Fire for “you order you pay”. The slop over Sierra Madre Road in Moon Canyon has the potential to go to the valley floor. Evacuation order issued for the 14 threatened residences on Foothill Road and evacuation warning issued via reverse 911 to the 104 residences in Cottonwood Canyon.

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Situation as of 08/11/2023 10:30 am
Personnel: 1,062
Size: 20,622 acres
Percent contained: 10%

The Martin Mars Waterscooping aircraft will be flying the La Brea Fire today. Tanker 223 has a tank consisting of two compartments (left and right), each with a capacity of 3,500 gallons and has a capacity of 7,200 gallons.

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Situation as of 08/10/2023 8:00 pm
Personnel: 1,054
Size: 14,778 acres
Percent contained: 0%

Unofficially, fire size may be closer to 25,000 acres this evening. The reported acreage above may have been from a flyover this morning. CA #3 Type 1 IMT (Pincha-Tulley) assigned to this fire.

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Situation as of 08/09/2023 7:00 pm
Personnel: 362
Size: 10,000 acres
Percent contained: 0%

The Sierra Madre Ridge Road is closed. Campgrounds in the area have been evacuated. Extreme fire behavior. Fire burned 1,000+ acres last night, 7,500+ acres today.

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Situation as of 08/08/2023 9:30 pm
Personnel: 362
Size: 1,300 acres
Percent contained: 0%

Chaparral fire. Extreme growth potential.

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