Hope Ranch "Volcano" Erupts Saturday

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Photo: Santa Barbara County Fire Department (SBCFD)
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By edhat staff

The "Hope Ranch Volcano" erupted Saturday morning sparking a small brush fire to the surrounding vegetation.

At 11:22 a.m., Santa Barbara County firefighters arrived with three engines approximately one mile west of Arroyo Burro Beach, also known as Hendry's Beach, and discovered a small but smoky vegetation fire on the hillside. 

There were no structures threatened. 

Shale oil combustion is a common occurrence in this area and often produces visible smoke, but it doesn't often start fires. 

SBCFD Public Information Officer Mike Eliason called the event a "temperamental geological phenomenon."

Photo: SBCFD

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SBSand Jul 10, 2021 01:52 PM
Hope Ranch "Volcano" Erupts Saturday

I wonder if there is a way to drain off some of whatever is seeping to reduce the threat of a fire starting that could pose a serious risk to Hope Ranch.

edney Jul 10, 2021 02:44 PM
Hope Ranch "Volcano" Erupts Saturday

It's not a seep. Its the gases put off by the tarry oil embedded in the shale that ignite and the heat causes more hydrocarbons to excape the tarry oil.

Channelfog Jul 11, 2021 04:30 AM
Hope Ranch "Volcano" Erupts Saturday

Volcanoes have hot magma and spew lava. This is simply an underground hydrocarbon fire like the old coal mines that burn for decades (still burning)and in one case caused a town to be abandoned. There isn't much to be done.

MarcelK Jul 11, 2021 09:55 AM
Hope Ranch "Volcano" Erupts Saturday

"Draining off these "seeps" used to be called oil wells."

They aren't seeps, and oil wells do not drain off seeps. These are yet more falsehoods that are fed by a perverse ideology.

Sun Jul 10, 2021 08:36 PM
Hope Ranch "Volcano" Erupts Saturday

Actually it has caught on fire many times, just as recent as December 2020, 2019, 2017, 2011 and probably more...with the drought it will probably continue


MarcelK Jul 11, 2021 09:27 AM
Hope Ranch "Volcano" Erupts Saturday

"with the drought it will probably continue"

With the global heating--which is also the cause for the drought, but drought itself does not cause this fire, heat does.

Sun Jul 11, 2021 11:09 AM
Hope Ranch "Volcano" Erupts Saturday

Obviously, climate change/heating causes droughts,....prolonged droughts cause high to extreme ground water use, extreme ground water use causes ground to shift due to pressure change, earth shifting and the ocean near by will cause the area to become more exposed...thereby creating more fire.....in addition many other factors are at work, the planet is a system continually adapting, quakes, venting, climate, magnetic field, etc...

a-1625953087 Jul 10, 2021 02:38 PM
Hope Ranch "Volcano" Erupts Saturday

That area of Hope Ranch smells absolutely awful 24/7 for the past few years. I wonder how those homeowners feel about it, it can't be good for them to be breathing hydrocarbons all the time, let alone the constant unpleasantness.

SBTownie Jul 10, 2021 04:34 PM
Hope Ranch "Volcano" Erupts Saturday

My thoughts exactly. I am in Hope Ranch at least a few times a week and that entire portion stinks almost every single day with completely toxic fumes. Imagine buying a $10 million dollar house on the waterfront there and inhaling poisonous air all day.

Eggs Ackley Jul 10, 2021 06:04 PM
Hope Ranch "Volcano" Erupts Saturday

Imagine plunking down $10million bucks and not doing enough due diligence; and what about that scrupulous realtor who sold the place?
Failure to disclose?

sbsunshine Jul 10, 2021 08:23 PM
Hope Ranch "Volcano" Erupts Saturday

Lava tubes used to go out to the ocean...many of them and they were sealed up. It would be great if the Indy or EH did a feature story on the area geology and history. California has a lot of volcanos and many hot active areas close by. Thermal pools, hot springs...all generated by volcanic activity. Perhaps they want to downplay this so people don't get scared. But it is better to understand the area geology and work in partnership with it.

Channelfog Jul 11, 2021 04:36 AM
Hope Ranch "Volcano" Erupts Saturday

SBSUNSHINE- NO volcanoes locally. These hills are made by seismic upthrust not magma rising. All thermal waters in the area are heated by flowing through grinding, hot seismic faults From Esalen to Deep Creek, they are all fault heated waters.

mtndriver Jul 11, 2021 07:55 AM
Hope Ranch "Volcano" Erupts Saturday

Lava tubes?? Whoa, Sunshine, not true, not even close! No volcanic activity in our area. Plenty of hydrocarbons—which have nothing to do with volcanic activity.

MarcelK Jul 11, 2021 09:10 AM
Hope Ranch "Volcano" Erupts Saturday

"It would be great if the Indy or EH did a feature story on the area geology and history. "

Yes, that might squelch ignorant nonsense about "lava tubes".

Rinconer Jul 11, 2021 09:18 AM
Hope Ranch "Volcano" Erupts Saturday

Calling this a Volcano appears to be shameless fear mongering. However, 20 miles away, in Carpinteria, old timers used to say that Rincon Mountain was or is a Volcano and smoke was seen coming out of the top as recently as the late 19th century.

Babycakes Jul 11, 2021 07:59 AM
Hope Ranch "Volcano" Erupts Saturday

We have known about the volcano for many/many years, but have never seen active flames coming out of it. It is usually just smoldering or smoking, but it's not all the time. Most people I know cannot believe that we have our very own active volcano here in SB. I believe that there is another one along the freeway between La Conchita and Bates Road. I've seen that one smoking on just a few occasions. I guess the ranch above used to toss its cutting/clippings/branches in the volcano pit to burn. Pretty amazing stuff in my book!

MarcelK Jul 11, 2021 09:08 AM
Hope Ranch "Volcano" Erupts Saturday

"Most people I know cannot believe that we have our very own active volcano here in SB."

Good on them, because we don't.

Babycakes Jul 11, 2021 01:16 PM
Hope Ranch "Volcano" Erupts Saturday

"Huge Asphalt Volcanoes Discovered Off California"
Ancient eruptions created "extensive hard bottoms" for sea life to colonize.
By Ker Than for National Geographic News
Published April 27, 2010
Strange undersea domes spotted off the California coast are extinct "asphalt volcanoes" made from a mixture of hardened crude oil and marine fossils, according to a new study. First discovered in 2007, the seven mounds sit about 700 feet (213 meters) beneath the ocean, roughly 10 miles (16 kilometers) offshore from Santa Barbara (see map).

Channelfog Jul 13, 2021 03:29 AM
Hope Ranch "Volcano" Erupts Saturday

And these "Huge asphalt volcanoes" are a misnomer being entirely driven by Hydrocarbon processes NOT magma. While the San Andreas Fault is serious cause for concern/prep, be glad you don't live in the Cascadian Fault Zone which DOES have a bunch of active volcanoes. Also the North West has not carried out the seismic retrofitting that CA has done, a lethal mix.

mtndriver Jul 11, 2021 08:07 AM
Hope Ranch "Volcano" Erupts Saturday

Here’s an article from the U. of Chicago from 1909 (!) describing the phenomenon. It references the “Rincon volcano,” here, same deal, shale oil combustion under the surface. Also mistaken for volcanic activity by some early chroniclers. https://www.journals.uchicago.edu/doi/pdf/10.1086/621472

NostraChumash Jul 13, 2021 09:59 AM
Hope Ranch "Volcano" Erupts Saturday

Ok.."lava tube" might be a stretch,
but can anyone tell us precisely WHAT ARE the "tubes" that can be found in Zaca lake & under Malibu?
..and there are more.

Channelfog Jul 14, 2021 04:12 AM
Hope Ranch "Volcano" Erupts Saturday

NOSTRA- I've not heard of "tubes" below Zaca Lake or Malibu, but I would guess that if they exist, they were water cut through limestone formations.

Henry Sarria Jul 13, 2021 10:24 AM
Hope Ranch "Volcano" Erupts Saturday

Recently took a ride by that spot just to check this "phenomena" out & I gotta say, interesting! It was smoldering slighty when I saw it, you could smell some hydrogen sulfide & a hint of methane.
In my humble opinion, given the super-low humidity we've been having, it was probably set off by a static charge, but like I said, just a suspicion on my part.

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