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Fire Near Cold Springs Trail
updated: Nov 06, 2012, 11:55 AM

This news was originally posted as a Roger Code Red at 11:55 AM. It is now listed as a What's Up in order to allow all community members to contribute.

County Fire is reporting a possible brush fire near the Cold Springs Trail, Hot Springs and Mountain Drive.

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A subscriber captures video of the Cold Fire. [vid] (11/07/12)
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Update: ALL evacation orders for the COLD Incident have been cancelled. (11/07/12)
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Subscribers were quick to grab their cameras when the fire near Cold Springs Trail broke out. [pics] (11/07/12)
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 ROGER DODGER agree helpful negative off topic

2012-11-06 11:56 AM

Full City and County Fire Response..

 

 ROGER DODGER agree helpful negative off topic

2012-11-06 11:57 AM

I also heard something or someone possibly trapped on a hill..?

 

 ROGER DODGER agree helpful negative off topic

2012-11-06 11:57 AM

Cold Springs trailhead..

 

 COMMENT 339670 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-11-06 11:59 AM

I can see it from Goleta.

 

 COMMENT 339671 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-11-06 11:59 AM

Grey/Dark Smoke visible from Goleta

 

 COMMENT 339672 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-11-06 11:59 AM

I can see it from downtown. Looks relatively small, but the flames are visible...

 

 SBSURFERLIFE agree helpful negative off topic

2012-11-06 12:00 PM

KEYT text just now:

"Brushfire burning above Montecito. Flames visible. Wildfire burning at Hot Springs and Mountain area. Fire crews are responding."

 

 COMMENT 339676 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-11-06 12:02 PM

pray for the firefighters

 

 ROGER DODGER agree helpful negative off topic

2012-11-06 12:03 PM

Heard them say it's about 5 acres..

 

 ROGER DODGER agree helpful negative off topic

2012-11-06 12:03 PM

Straight up the hill from me I can totally see it from my desk.

 

 ROGER DODGER agree helpful negative off topic

2012-11-06 12:06 PM

I HEARD COUNTY FIRE SAY SOMETHING WAS TRAPPED EARLIER HAVEN'T HEARD NOTHING SINCE..

 

 MTNDRIVER agree helpful negative off topic

2012-11-06 12:06 PM

Yikes, thanks, please keep us posted!

 

 ROGER DODGER agree helpful negative off topic

2012-11-06 12:07 PM

East Mountain at Cold Springs closed the road..

 

 COMMENT 339693P agree helpful negative off topic

2012-11-06 12:08 PM

I can hear the breeze picking up, don't like it! Crazy you can see it from your place Roger, I'm kinda glad about that because you can keep us updated with the scanner reports AND with your visual! Lots of sirens out there and I think I already hear a chopper! GO!!!

 

 ROGER DODGER agree helpful negative off topic

2012-11-06 12:09 PM

Got it now three people are trapped on a hill near a tree 2 miles up.. This is above the Edison Lines taking a run up the peak montecito..

 

 COMMENT 339698 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-11-06 12:10 PM

A LOT of sirens.

 

 ROGER DODGER agree helpful negative off topic

2012-11-06 12:15 PM

Sounds like Copter 309 comming in two hikers 2 miles up..

 

 COMMENT 339703 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-11-06 12:15 PM

Luckily, the breeze seems to be on shore (not that any breeze is good)

 

 ROGER DODGER agree helpful negative off topic

2012-11-06 12:18 PM

Three hikers up hill a half mile from the fire hoping to meet the chopper at East Camino Cielo..Forest Units comming into East Camino Cielo. Hot Springs going up the Edison Trail..Search and Rescue actitivated responding ETA 20 MINUTES..

 

 UPONTHEHILL agree helpful negative off topic

2012-11-06 12:18 PM

It is so good to be able to come here to get up to date info!
Thank you Roger!

 

 ROGER DODGER agree helpful negative off topic

2012-11-06 12:20 PM

Alot of Fire equitment up there..Smoke going straight up so no real wind at this time..

 

 ROGER DODGER agree helpful negative off topic

2012-11-06 12:23 PM

Mountain drive possible evac. zones 3 and 5, County Fire will order when time comes..I'm not offical word. Air to ground freq 167.475 for those of you that can program your own scanners.

 

 BULLSEYEB agree helpful negative off topic

2012-11-06 12:23 PM

Thank you, Roger!

 

 ROGER DODGER agree helpful negative off topic

2012-11-06 12:23 PM

Staging is going to be at Cold Springs School..

 

 COMMENT 339714 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-11-06 12:25 PM

Perhaps one of the hikers stopped at the eucalyptus tree for a cigarette break?

 

 ROGER DODGER agree helpful negative off topic

2012-11-06 12:25 PM

Evac in Zone 4..Advisery in zones 3 and...?

 

 ROGER DODGER agree helpful negative off topic

2012-11-06 12:26 PM

I could see Copter 309 up there..

 

 COMMENT 339719 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-11-06 12:26 PM

Helicopter just picked up a load of water at the resevoir near Cater plant. 12:25

 

 COMMENT 339720 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-11-06 12:28 PM

We are on Upper Coyote Rd and can see lots of smoke, but it seems to be blowing east. Two helicopters circling.

We are prepping for evacuation should we need to. Neighbors are all outside sizing up the threat.

 

 MTNDRIVER agree helpful negative off topic

2012-11-06 12:29 PM

Roger, is there a map of these evacuation zones somewhere on the web? Can't see anything on the county fire site.

 

 COMMENT 339722 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-11-06 12:29 PM

Sirens going up 154--- to East Camino Cielo?

 

 COMMENT 339723 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-11-06 12:30 PM

Nixle alert said hikers are hiking up to Camino Cielo.

 

 ROGER DODGER agree helpful negative off topic

2012-11-06 12:31 PM

They are switching to different channels I'm sure well hear something...

 

 COMMENT 339727 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-11-06 12:31 PM

www(dot)facebook(dot)com/pages/Santa-Barbara-County-Fire-Department/114819398545464?ref=ts&fref=ts

replace (dot) with period.

 

 ROGER DODGER agree helpful negative off topic

2012-11-06 12:32 PM

Manadotory Evac. above Mountain Drive have begun Advisory in zones 3 and 5.

 

 COMMENT 339729 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-11-06 12:33 PM

And yet....not a darn peep from KEYT on this so far.

 

 ROGER DODGER agree helpful negative off topic

2012-11-06 12:34 PM

Have no idea where exact zones are I'm just repeating what I hear..

 

 COMMENT 339733P agree helpful negative off topic

2012-11-06 12:35 PM

I could see the heli dropping water from the Westside. Really getting windy over here, leaves are falling, chimes are chiming, I hope that the wind doesn't go up there to where the fire is.

 

 COMMENT 339735 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-11-06 12:37 PM

729, KEYT had the story on their website at least half an hour before your post.

 

 ROGER DODGER agree helpful negative off topic

2012-11-06 12:37 PM

KEYT on the balls now..

 

 ROGER DODGER agree helpful negative off topic

2012-11-06 12:38 PM

Freq. Changes Forestnet. 3 Forestnet- La Cumbre, and Air to Ground.

 

 COMMENT 339740 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-11-06 12:38 PM

This is the "Cold Fire".

 

 ROGER DODGER agree helpful negative off topic

2012-11-06 12:39 PM

Can't help to wonder how it started.

 

 COMMENT 339742 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-11-06 12:39 PM

Thank you Roger and edhat for bringing the community these important news alerts.

 

 COMMENT 339743 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-11-06 12:39 PM

Smoke heading straight up, so no problem with winds yet.
Visible from Middle and Summit quite well.
Water dropping heli's on it, so it looks to be not too bad yet.

 

 COMMENT 339744 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-11-06 12:40 PM

OH NO! I hope this gets put out quickly :(

I was evacuated from mountain drive during the tea fire, and it was the most intense situation that happened to me ever.

 

 ECHO agree helpful negative off topic

2012-11-06 12:42 PM

KEYT does have some info on their website as well as facebook, however, nothing more then what I see here. My husband called from Montecito, on middle road, said he can see flames and smoke and can see the fire personnel go by. Said it appears to him that its looking like its burning down the canyon and like it has spread from when he first noticed it. He's not a fireman though.

 

 COMMENT 339747 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-11-06 12:42 PM

Thanks Roger! You're always here when we need you, I think KEYT monitors your site!! :-)

 

 ROGER DODGER agree helpful negative off topic

2012-11-06 12:43 PM

They switched Freq.'s on me not hearing awhole lot at this time but at least got it up there...

 

 COMMENT 339749P agree helpful negative off topic

2012-11-06 12:43 PM

Ykes, I am glad my house is not where those last 2 photos were taken. Too close for comfort!

 

 COMMENT 339750 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-11-06 12:44 PM

Thank you Roger! You're the MAN!!! Keyt not so much

 

 COMMENT 339751 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-11-06 12:45 PM

looking at the aerial images on KEYT, the Colds Springs trial goes directly through the fire....this one looks fishy.

 

 ROGER DODGER agree helpful negative off topic

2012-11-06 12:46 PM

I got SouthCoast Channel one.. Looks bigger with less smoke.

 

 COMMENT 339756 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-11-06 12:47 PM

One of my firefighter friends said that is directly off of an Edison access road.

 

 ROGER DODGER agree helpful negative off topic

2012-11-06 12:49 PM

Some fire units stage at Montecito Fire station 2. It does look as if it's going down the canyon.

 

 ROGER DODGER agree helpful negative off topic

2012-11-06 12:50 PM

KEYT Live now.

 

 ROGER DODGER agree helpful negative off topic

2012-11-06 12:50 PM

They are just doing updates...

 

 ROGER DODGER agree helpful negative off topic

2012-11-06 12:55 PM

Thanks for the pictures everyone..

 

 COMMENT 339770 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-11-06 12:57 PM

CHP Incident site says they have detained an Hispanic male who witnesses say started the fire.

 

 COMMENT 339771 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-11-06 12:58 PM

CHP site says they have subject detained

 

 COMMENT 339773 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-11-06 12:58 PM

COLD FIRE

COMMAND 170.550 USFS LP-1
GRND TAC 170.475 USFS LP-3
AIR-GRND 167.475 DHS NET-2
AIR ATTACK-FIXED 166.675 USFS AIR TAC-1
AIR ATTACK-ROTOR 135.575 USFS M/A AIR-AIR
AIR TAC 122.925 VICTOR-1

 

 COMMENT 339775P agree helpful negative off topic

2012-11-06 12:59 PM

What is the point of switching frequencies during a fire that is threatening the public????? Seems dangerous and selfish "you don't get to know the bad things going on because you're the public". What a load of BS. Switching during an event that doesn't threaten everyone in its path is totally understandable when the public could use that info to hinder the investigation, but in this case they are just putting people in the dark when they may quite literally NEED the information. Emergency responders should be smarter than this.

 

 COMMENT 339778 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-11-06 01:00 PM

Actually, 735 they didn't. I was looking at that site AFTER I saw this here, first. I don't care what that date stamp says, I saw it here first, then checked KEYT and there was nothing when I commented.

Also, why is it too much to expect a bulletin on the tv or news from KEYT rather than just a web article. If you don't already know there's a fire, you're hardly going to go check KEYT's weird little website.

 

 COMMENT 339781 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-11-06 01:02 PM

I see suspect detained and ID'd

12:49 PM 20 [59] SUSP BEING DETAINED IS SUSP THAT WITNESS HAVE ID''D AS STARTING THIS FIRE [Shared]
12:48 PM 19 [58] 29-S1 ADVS THEY ARE DETAINING THE SUSP FOR FIRE INVESTIGATOR [Shared]
12:47 PM 18 [55] 11B SUSP HISP MAL 6-00 WHI STHRIT SLEEVESLESS WHI/BLLU CHECKER SHORTS WALKING DOG [Shared]

 

 COMMENT 339784P agree helpful negative off topic

2012-11-06 01:05 PM

Let's all hope and pray for the firefighters and residents that this one gets knocked out quickly. Just goes to show that "fire season " never goes goes away.

 

 MTNDRIVER agree helpful negative off topic

2012-11-06 01:05 PM

Thanks, Roger. Smoke plume is not so visible here now, further west on Mtn. Drive. Lots of copter activity. Love those firefighters!

 

 COMMENT 339787 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-11-06 01:07 PM

-775P, typically fire units responding to a large-scale emergency switch to a tactical radio frequency for better communications between those units handling the emergency and so to not take up airtime on the main [e.g., county-wide] frequency. It's a simple matter to obtain those frequency numbers, and usually a scanner can pick them up.

They are not trying to confuse the public or cover anything up, but please, feel free to continue to assume away...

 

 COMMENT 339788 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-11-06 01:07 PM

@760- Real classy!
There are actual firefighters that will risk their lives fighting this fire and somehow you make this political? I'm glad I don't have the same political views as you, I'd be embarrassed.

 

 COMMENT 339793 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-11-06 01:09 PM

Please don't lump all libs in with this idiot. And PLEASE DON'T FEED THE TROLLS. Ignore them. Anything posted on this thread that doesn't have to do with the fire should be deleted as offtopic (Thank you Nanny!!!) and ignored. Let's keep on topic here, and provide the community with a helpful resource.

Thank you Roger and everyone posting pics & info. It's greatly appreciated. Anyone have any links to live feeds or additional info/maps that show where it's at? I'm curious how close to Lotusland it is.

 

 COMMENT 339796 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-11-06 01:11 PM

USFS Incident Command was updated with the following radio traffic: 2-3 acres burned, active on the "southern aspect" (up Montecito Peak) in heavy brush.

 

 COMMENT 339800 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-11-06 01:13 PM

Can we keep this thread for legit updates? We live on Coyote Rd and it doesn't help to have read through so many opinion threads. Thank you!

 

 COMMENT 339801 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-11-06 01:14 PM

Can see fire retardant drops from over here on Hermosillo, many helo drops, spotter aircraft- can see some flames 50 ft. at least, another fire retardant drop right on the money! More later from Hermosillo.

 

 ROGER DODGER agree helpful negative off topic

2012-11-06 01:22 PM

They say the fire is almost SQUASHED they are trying to get a line around it to mop it up...Looking Good from where I'm sitting.

 

 ROGER DODGER agree helpful negative off topic

2012-11-06 01:23 PM

@800 And your asking this from Edhatters?

 

 COMMENT 339816 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-11-06 01:27 PM

i've been watching this from my office since it started and it look to be completely out now. what an amazing response from SBCFD!!!

 

 COMMENT 339817 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-11-06 01:27 PM

Man I really hope we get some rain this winter.

 

 COMMENT 339819P agree helpful negative off topic

2012-11-06 01:29 PM

Looks amazing from the Westside Roger! Seems much smaller than it was an hour ago, so proud of our firefighters and grateful to you for keeping us updated. There is no point going to KEYT because they are too slow!

 

 ROGER DODGER agree helpful negative off topic

2012-11-06 01:33 PM

Per CHP Website it's sad that the man in custody had a dog with him poor dog..I'm starting to crave lunch. It looks almost out Thank Dog!

 

 COMMENT 339827P agree helpful negative off topic

2012-11-06 01:40 PM

Wonder if that man was really the one that started it and if so, if it was an accident? I can't comprehend arson, just baffles me that anyone could intentionally start a fire that could destroy people's lives.

 

 COMMENT 339831P agree helpful negative off topic

2012-11-06 01:46 PM

787, what simple manner do I use to find the new frequency? If it was for that reason, why wouldn't they just announce the new frequency on the old channel? Please enlighten me and prove my assumptions wrong, because it just doesn't add up. At all.

 

 MTNDRIVER agree helpful negative off topic

2012-11-06 02:00 PM

Great shots of the plane dropping retardant, thanks to whoever took those. Looks like we dodged a bullet again, thanks to the great response of the firefighters--and the lack of wind.

And of course, thank you, Roger. You are a community treasure.

 

 COMMENT 339852P agree helpful negative off topic

2012-11-06 02:03 PM

in the last few pictures, what is that tower on the right? Is that by the Semenary?

 

 DEEKER agree helpful negative off topic

2012-11-06 02:12 PM

Thank you so much for all you do, Rodger Dodger. I appreciate you very much!

 

 ROGER DODGER agree helpful negative off topic

2012-11-06 02:15 PM

Sure Thank You too..

 

 MTNDRIVER agree helpful negative off topic

2012-11-06 02:20 PM

852P--Yes, that's the tower at St. Anthony's, now part of Garden Street Academy, the private school that opened a couple years ago (started by the Sperlings of Univ. of Phoenix fame). SB Middle School was at that campus for a long time before the Sperlings bought it from the Franciscans.

 

 SBSURFERLIFE agree helpful negative off topic

2012-11-06 03:01 PM

All evacuation warnings have been lifted.

Phew, close one!

 

 COMMENT 339905P agree helpful negative off topic

2012-11-06 03:16 PM

778 - I've had that happen before with the KEYT website, so I think you and your accuser are both right! Sometimes it would show the most recent story, sometimes it would not upon reloading. Maybe if they are editing it we cannot see it at the moment?

 

 COMMENT 339915 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-11-06 03:30 PM

We saw this from Virginia Road right after it started(we think). Great job by our fire fighters!

 

 COMMENT 339927 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-11-06 04:11 PM

I smell fire on the Mesa now, more than when the fire was burning ??????

 

 BECKY agree helpful negative off topic

2012-11-06 04:34 PM

Off-topic of fire. 831P. Most large emergencies like a potential wildfire get switched to their own emergency channel so that those dealing with that emergency have their own channel to communicate on, and they don't have to sift through 'drunk driver on Milpas' calls while figuring out which plane or helicopter is where, which engine is where, etc. It's plain common sense. It's not some weird conspiracy to deny the public the right to know. If you've got an emergency scanner, just listen to some other channels. I'm fairly sure they do announce which channel to switch to on the original channel, so that all the people who NEED to communicate know where and how to communicate.

 

 STARGIRL agree helpful negative off topic

2012-11-06 04:52 PM

Thank you, Roger!

 

 COMMENT 339945 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-11-06 05:17 PM

You rock, Roger!

 

 COMMENT 340003P agree helpful negative off topic

2012-11-06 09:30 PM

Roger for President!!

 

 COMMENT 340044 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-11-07 07:54 AM

I was so impressed with the quick reaction to this blaze. Planes and copters right on it. This could have gone the other way so quickly. Thank you fire fighters.

 

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