The fire had growing fast since it started on July 1st. But with the
additional fire fighters and equipment added yesterday and the lighter
winds, they seemed to have held it back yesterday and today. It's
still about 6000 acres. This morning it got upgraded toa Type I fire
which makes Federal money, personnel and equipment available to help
It has a lot of city to burn through before it gets to us and so far,
they've been able to keep it away from most structures -- a mobile
home up in the hills has burned. In the hills, before it gets to any
houses, are orchards which they have been using to slow the advance.
The orchards are irrigated and that burns much slower than the dry
chaparral in the mountains.
Things can change fast though. In the 1990 painted cave fire, a small
fire started in the hills, but because of 100 degree temperature and
strong winds, in two hours it marched 5 miles down the mountain and
into the city. It jumped right over the 6 lane freeway and two side
streets. More than 500 homes were destroyed. Thankfully we don't have
those weather conditions this time.
So, we're hopeful, but we're ready to go if we need to.
July 1 - 50 acres
July 2 - 300 acres
July 3 - 1,950 acres
July 4 - 5,400 acres
July 5 - 6,000 acres
On Jul 4, 2008, at 10:50 PM, Bryan Wray wrote:
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