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Too Close For Comfort
updated: Oct 17, 2012, 8:07 PM

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We live directly across from the Lookout fire and were taking pictures all day.

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Comments in order of when they were received | (reverse order)

 MACPUZL agree helpful negative off topic

2012-10-17 08:39 PM

Great shots of all the different helicopters, and I like the ashes drifting down in the image of the firefighters along the road.

 

 MTNDRIVER agree helpful negative off topic

2012-10-17 08:45 PM

Great shots, thank you. So glad it seems to be under control now.

 

 COMMENT 332678 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-10-17 08:48 PM

Do folks have good evacuation planning lists they can share?

 

 COMMENT 332679P agree helpful negative off topic

2012-10-17 08:49 PM

"Pull up a chair and watch our over payed underworked firefighters finally get off their lazy butts and do something."

What a joke, berate them till their needed. Way to go firefighters, great job despite what they say about you.

 

 COMMENT 332683 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-10-17 08:57 PM

You will notice from the photos that the only retardant being put on the fire is being dropped from helos and fixed wing aircraft. ground crews just stood around and ate doughnuts all day long. The only way to contain a fire such as this one is from the air. Yet Santa Barbara County has only 2 firefighting helos and those helos are not capable of night operations. We have $96 million for a new jail but not one dime for firefighting helos.

 

 MESARATS agree helpful negative off topic

2012-10-18 06:04 AM

Great photos B

 

 COMMENT 332717P agree helpful negative off topic

2012-10-18 07:06 AM

For good evacuation planning lists, see the Red Cross website or the Wildland Residents' Association website.

 

 COMMENT 332730 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-10-18 07:51 AM

Very good photo explanations of the term "fuel ladder".

Keep the area cleared around (and here, certainly downhill from) your home by a minimum of 30 feet--much more if you can.

 

 COMMENT 332734 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-10-18 07:58 AM

Wow! Great job! Best photos of all...

 

 COMMENT 332774 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-10-18 09:35 AM

Awesome photos... That vantage point look very familier to me...

 

 COMMENT 332786P agree helpful negative off topic

2012-10-18 10:08 AM

683, you are waaaay off base.

 

 COMMENT 332793 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-10-18 10:13 AM

2683.... what you fail to realize is that fires don't start when, where or how it's convenient for the crews deployed to fight it. There is no one magical solution for every event. In this particular case the terrain was so steep all the ground crews could do was defend properties closest to the fire while the air crews attacked the flames. And they did a brilliant job. There were so many resources in the air they needed an air traffic controller to keep them from bumping into each other.

What would you expect the ground crews to do? Risk life and limb further than they do already? It's easy to judge when you sit watching the coverage on TV from the comfort of your LazyBoy.

 

 COMMENT 332963 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-10-18 03:21 PM

683:

If you watched the live coverage, you would have seen the firefighters hosing the flames when they were coming up the hillside toward painted cave.

 

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