Steam Rising from the Thomas Fire Burn Area

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Steam Rising from the Thomas Fire Burn Area
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An edhat reader submitted the below video from Al Seib capturing steam rising from the Thomas Fire burn area.

"Heat from sunlight on the mountains blackened by the Thomas Fire along the 101 freeway near Ventura turns rain water in the soil into water vapor/steam Sunday afternoon between storms in Southern California."

 

 

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Flicka Mar 13, 2018 04:08 PM
Steam Rising from the Thomas Fire Burn Area

The dam that broke in 1928 was of concern to some people before the flood. Mulllohland was up there for something like a press conference 2 days before and declared the dam perfectly safe.

a-1545203924 Mar 13, 2018 01:35 PM
Steam Rising from the Thomas Fire Burn Area

https://scvhistory.com/scvhistory/pollack0308victims.htm. "Shortly before midnight on March 12, 1928, carpenter Ace Hopewell was riding his motorcycle up San Francisquito Canyon road on his way to Powerhouse No. 1 of the Los Angeles Bureau of Power and Light...As he rode one mile past the dam, Hopewell suddenly stopped when he heard a landslide-like crashing sound from back in the dam area. It was 11:57:30 p.m."...."Edwards would become known as the "Paul Revere of the St. Francis Flood" as he raced wildly from door to door warning residents of Santa Paula. While Edwards spread the alarm through Santa Paula, deputy sheriff Eddie Hearne raced up the Santa Clara River Valley toward the flood with his siren blaring to warn residents. He made it as far as Fillmore, where he met the flood waters and had to stop his wild ride."...."It turns out, Hopewell was the last living person to see the St. Francis Dam before it ruptured, creating the second largest disaster in California history as an epic flood of water and debris traveled 55 miles through San Francisquito Canyon and the Santa Clara River Valley, devastating the towns of Piru, Fillmore, and Santa Paula, and killing between 450 and 600 people before emptying into the Pacific Ocean at Montalvo between Oxnard and Ventura."

a-1545203924 Mar 12, 2018 12:26 PM
Steam Rising from the Thomas Fire Burn Area

@805Weather Retweeted,VCscanner @VCscanner. 805 Weather has this video, and this comment on another event: "90 years ago today, just minutes before midnight, the Saint Francis Dam broke above modern day Santa Clarita. 12.4 billion gallons of water drained. The water made its way through Santa Clarita & Ventura County hitting Fillmore, Bardsdale and Santa Paula killing over 430 people."

CivilEngineer Mar 13, 2018 01:16 PM
Steam Rising from the Thomas Fire Burn Area

The story is that Mulholland died soon after because he blamed himself for the failure and loss of life. But years later they confirmed that there was no way for him to know about the geology problems of that dam site given the available technology at the time. There are pics of the Santa Clara River valley after the flood - Ventura County has a set in their Hall of Administration.

John Wiley Mar 13, 2018 10:58 AM
Steam Rising from the Thomas Fire Burn Area

I'd never heard about that 1928 flood disaster. I searched Saint Francis Dam on wikipedia and it's a fascinating tale. The dam was for LA water supply, failed within two years of construction, is still the second largest disaster in CA history, and ended Mulholland's career. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saint_Francis_Dam

Lina24 Mar 12, 2018 11:16 AM
Steam Rising from the Thomas Fire Burn Area

I used to be a Fire "Lookout" in a Lookout Tower, and we referred to that rising vapor as "water dawgs". They're often mistaken for smoke by less experienced eyes, thus the source of many false alarms.

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