Aerial Views of the Holiday Fire Burn Area

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Aerial Views of the Holiday Fire Burn Area
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By John Wiley

I greatly appreciated Robert Bernstein's pix of the Holiday Fire area on  Edhat.

Here's a different angle from the air. The two perspectives help to clarify for the rest of us, the heartbreaking situation residents there are facing. This pic is from the southwest, cut into two pieces to show more detail. The upper area roughly corresponds with the gEarth 3D satellite view at goo.gl/maps/FNbHxSAyucK2 and the lower area with goo.gl/maps/jjJcDW1p1UH2. I have a couple of other pix, and could post one along with higher resolution versions of this one if you're interested. They're sobering reminders of how fast fire can move, and the importance of defensible space coupled with prompt evacuation.

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a-1531981070 Jul 13, 2018 09:34 AM
Aerial Views of the Holiday Fire Burn Area

1990 Painted Cave Fire, from Painted Cave down the #154 to across #101 fwy to Modoc/Hollister and into Hope Ranch. Destroyed 427 buildings. One death. From Wikipedia: "Very quickly after the fire started, investigators determined that the blaze was the work of an arsonist and were able to trace it back to its origin. From there, however, the case ran cold and sat unsolved for over 5 years. The case was reopened in 1995 when Peggy Finley, a former girlfriend to Leonard Ross, told her minister that Ross had confessed to igniting the fire in an attempt to "burn out his neighbor" but the fire "got out of hand."[7] After an investigation of Ross, Santa Barbara County District Attorney Thomas W. Sneddon, Jr. decided not to file criminal charges saying that the case against Ross was too weak. However, Ross then sued the county for investigating him and the county saw an opening. A countersuit was filed accusing Ross of starting the fire and the jury ruled in the county's favor."

a-1531981070 Jul 12, 2018 09:06 AM
Aerial Views of the Holiday Fire Burn Area

Fire Prep meeting for mountain residents. 2pm Sunday July 15, at Fire Station 41, E. Camino Cielo/hwy 154. Fire and safety defense. "The meeting will focus on current plans for the Painted Cave community, but is open to all interested mountain residents." How about people who live at the base of #154?

a-1531981070 Jul 11, 2018 11:23 AM
Aerial Views of the Holiday Fire Burn Area

Thanks, John, for your photos of the Holiday Fire burn area. I'm much happier knowing you're in town, and the "watch" at #154/Foothill. We (obviously) need all the help we can get with notification.

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