(Originally published at 11:50 a.m. PT, October 17, 2012; updated at 6:00 p.m. PT, October 17, 2012)
UPDATE: The fire is 45 percent contained and evacuations have been lifted. The estimated size is holding at 20 to 25 acres. No structures have been damaged. One firefighter suffered a minor leg injury.
Firefighters are aggressively attacking a new vegetation fire, the Lookout fire, in the Los Padres National Forest six miles northwest of Santa Barbara, California. Approximately 40 structures have been evacuated and another 100 are threatened. The fire is in the 2500 block of Highway 154.
(A better photo of Tanker 41 dropping is at SFGATE.com.)
Early in the fire, which was reported around 8 a.m. PT, at least five and according to some reports as many as eight air tankers were ordered.
KEYT is live-streaming video of the fire.
Captain David Sadecki of the Santa Barbara County Fire Department said at 11:00 a.m. PT the fire had burned about 15 acres. It is burning on a steep slope in very heavy brush below homes. At 11:50 a.m. the size was estimated at 20 to 30 acres by a firefighter interviewed by KEYT. The spread of the fire has slowed, but there is still a lot of open line left in thick vegetation.
This is an example of how firefighters in some areas of California use overwhelming force to aggressively attack new fires. After having burned for about 3.5 hours, if they can keep it at 20-25 acres, it will be another success story.
The resources that were dispatched to the fire during the early stages included:
- 3 Dozers
- 4 Hand Crews
- 5 Air Tankers
- 7 Engines
- 3 Helicopters
- 3 Water Tenders
Thanks go out to Kelly