Holiday Fire Aftermath

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Holiday Fire Aftermath
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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:

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PitMix Jul 09, 2018 09:06 AM
Holiday Fire Aftermath

If the wind had kept blowing all night the way they forecasted, it could have been really bad. If this keeps up, I wonder if they will have to stop building homes in the wildland interfaces? Insurance companies are going to raise rates for those properties at the very least.

PurpleBee Jul 09, 2018 07:03 AM
Holiday Fire Aftermath

Aerial view not available, but thanks for the photos!

a-1566810702 Jul 08, 2018 08:30 PM
Holiday Fire Aftermath

Man. That's a lot of devastation. Amazing how many vehicles were destroyed. My heart goes out to those who lost their homes. partly lost their homes. So glad no one was killed.

oceandrew Jul 08, 2018 06:23 PM
Holiday Fire Aftermath

That's it? Doesn't look like much from that perspective. For those who lost their homes and belongings it was more than enough, though.

a-1566810702 Jul 08, 2018 06:31 PM
Holiday Fire Aftermath

Did you watch the aerial video posted above?

a-1566810702 Jul 08, 2018 09:25 AM
Holiday Fire Aftermath

Stunning aerial video. Prayers to those affected.

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