Rey Fire mapped at over 31,000 acres

Firefighters are making progress but the fire continues to spread to the east.

Rey Fire

Above: the Rey Fire earlier in the week.

Over the last two days the Rey Fire north of Santa Barbara, California has spread an additional two to three miles to the east, but firefighters are making progress and have fireline around much of the perimeter.

Tuesday crews constructed line on the north side near Old Mountain and along the southern side north of Gibraltar Reservoir. Tuesday night the fire backed down into Mono Creek on the east flank where crews hope to stop the fire’s eastward spread.

Map Rey Fire
The red line was the perimeter of the Rey Fire at 10 p.m. PDT Aug 23, 2016. The white line was the perimeter at 9 p.m. August 21, 2016. Click to enlarge.

Today firefighters hope to hold the Mono Creek containment line and will continue to build contingency lines further east. A secondary containment line is being constructed along the P-Bar Trail.

On Wednesday the forecast calls for stronger southwest winds pushing the fire east and northeast, challenging firelines. Winds should be up canyon at 3 to 6 mph with gusts in the late afternoon up to 25 mph. Smoke will impact areas north and east of the fire.

(Our earlier article about the Rey Fire.)

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Author: Bill Gabbert

After working full time in wildland fire for 33 years, he continues to learn, and strives to be a Student of Fire.