Holiday Fire Aftermath
By Robert Bernstein
I was finding news coverage confusing on Saturday regarding the Holiday Fire in Goleta. So I went up to West Camino Cielo to see the view from above.
Here are all my photos from that perspective. This was at 1PM on Saturday.
Here you can see the Holiday Hill Road loop. This is off of North Fairview above Cathedral Oaks Road. You can see the devastation to the homes on that road.
Here is a wider view. You can see there are some wisps of smoke still rising. But it was clear the main danger was over.
Still, if you look at the other photos for context, you can see how close we came to a big disaster. That big straight road is Fairview Avenue. If the wind was a bit different, the fire easily could have spread into the main residential and commercial areas of Goleta.
We are fortunate that adjacent to the fire area was an agricultural area. Assuming that crop land was adequately watered, it would have reduced the chance of the fire spreading in that direction.
We dodged a bullet this time. We must stay vigilant for the future. Climate change is giving us fire season twelve months a year now.
Below is aerial video footage of the destruction in Goleta: