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Just like the first night (Tuesday), winds were less severe in the early hours, giving Firefighters another chance to stomp out the fire. From what we can tell, there are more fire crews on the ground now, and some significant progress is being made.
About 20 homes were consumed in the area near the intersection of Cheltenham Road, Montrose Place, and Williams Way today, according to firefighters working there. “It was definitely an extreme fire today, and we’re not out of the woods yet if we see the same weather the next few days,” said Captain Adam Estabrook, an 11-year veteran of the Santa Barbara County Fire Department. He explained that extremely high winds and a relatively dry winter had created adverse conditions earlier this afternoon. “When we got here, we couldn’t see ten feet in front of us. The fire hit hard over here.” - Chris Meagher, SB Idependent (more from the Indy here)
Though we are in good hands, there is no reason to celebrate. Those winds could whip up a new batch of chaos, and we'll be back to square one. The good thing, as Chris pointed out, is that though Santa Barbara Proper is threatened, the heavily watered (saturated) landscaping around more urban areas tends to retard the spreading of new flames.
UPDATE: Direct Relief International is distributing respirator masks at Loreto Plaza (State & Las Positas). I think they may have run out of them during the Tea Fire, so get 'em while there.. emm.. hot. (UPDATE: Direct relief didn't run out of masks last year. Thanks to Jim of DRI for the correction.)
Currently, there are two maps that we're using:
This one from the LA Times
And this one from the County of SB:
I will be back with some more pictures this afternoon so stay tuned.
In the meantime, here are some links to more photos, recent updates, resources, etc:
If you want info on shelters, evacuation areas, etc.. try here
The Independent has a pretty comprehensive list of phone numbers, websites and what-not that is very useful along with a nice update by Matt Kettmann
PHOTOS: See Links, Maps and Photos from earlier today, yesterday & last night:
Keep up to date with the latest headlines from the Indy, Daily Sound, Nexus, Craig Smith, etc on the City2 Headlines Page.