Loma Fire 100% Contained

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Update by Santa Barbara City Fire Department
5:00 p.m., May 24, 2021

The Loma Fire started Thursday evening at approximately 8:55 pm, and required all on-duty Santa Barbara City Firefighters as well as assistance from our local operational area mutual aid partners.

The fire managed to damage two structures, but fortunately, no injuries were reported. Santa Barbara Police Department arrested an arson suspect, during the incident Thursday night. Victor Angel Hernandez, age 23 and is being held on five counts of arson and narcotics charges. The bail has been set at two million dollars.

The Loma Fire has been declared 100% contained and firefighters will continue to patrol the area through Tuesday evening.

 Loma Alta Drive will likely remain closed to vehicle traffic tentatively until Monday, May 31st at 8 am. If on foot or bicycle, please use extreme caution in the area as rolling debris and rocks continue to fall onto the roadway which present a hazard.  Santa Barbara City Streets engineers are developing a plan to mitigate the hazards from the falling hillside and open the roadway when it is safe to do so.


Update by Santa Barbara City Fire Department
3:00 p.m., May 23, 2021

The Loma Fire is at 95% containment with crews tentatively remaining on the incident until Monday evening. Loma Alta Drive will remain closed through Monday due to rolling debris onto the roadway. City Streets Department will be on Loma Alta Drive with personnel and equipment Monday to assess the roadway and remove debris.
 
Thursday May 20, 2021 at approximately 8:55 pm, the Santa Barbara Police Department Combined Communications Center received numerous 911 calls reporting a large vegetation fire on the hillside above the 600 Block of West Ortega Street. The first arriving Battalion Chief named the incident the Loma Fire, because the best access to the fire was off of Loma Alta Drive. The hillside had a large vegetation fire racing uphill, pushed by winds in excess of 50 miles per hour. Firefighters were on scene within minutes and began aggressively fighting the fire by deploying hoses on the hillside and between threatened structures.
 
Structures were immediately threatened at the top and adjacent to, the hillside commonly referred to as TV Hill. Firefighters were forced to deal with an extremely steep hillside which was difficult to climb while fighting the flames.  Twenty-two operational area fire engines were on scene helping combat the fire. Resources assisting were from Santa Barbara County Fire Department, Montecito Fire Protection District, Carpinteria-Summerland Fire Protection District, and Ventura County Fire Protection District. Wildland firefighting hand crews from Santa Barbara County and one from Cal Fire Camarillo Camp were also used in the firefighting efforts. Every on duty City fire crew was on scene of the incident including Truck 71. Additional Firefighters were called back to duty to staff reserve fire engines for City coverage for other emergencies. Outside agencies also assisted answering emergency calls unrelated to the Loma Incident.
 
The success of this large scale incident was a direct result of the mutual aid system and all of the outside agency response. California is known as the leader around the Country for the State’s mutual aid system. When resources are needed they are sent immediately. No injuries were reported during the incident.
 
Santa Barbara has had a several suspicious vegetation fires around the City. The Santa Barbara Police and Fire Departments have had a joint investigation ongoing. Thursday night during the fire an arson suspect was taken into custody. The suspect is Victor Angel Hernandez, age 23. He is being held on five counts of arson. He is also being held on narcotics charges, including possession. The bail has been set at two million dollars.  
Hernandez was a person of interest in several fire related incidents recently and was detained when he was seen returning to the Loma Alta hillside. 
 
The Santa Barbara Fire Department would like to remind all residents to be prepared for wildfire. Follow the Ready, Set, Go plan.

  • Ready; create and maintain defensible space around your home.
  • Set; prepare your family & home ahead of time for the possibility of having to evacuate. Know what to take and where to go.
  • Go; when wildfire strikes, go early for your safety. Take what you have prepared including medications, pets, all family members and leave.

Update by Santa Barbara City Fire Department
10:00 a.m., May 23, 2021

Current containment @ 95%... Crews expected to remain on scene continuing mop up operations until Monday morning when 100% containment is expected. Drone footage provided Santa Barbara City Fire Department - giving in an interesting perspective of the burn scar. Despite the steep incline, we are grateful to have avoided any significant injuries throughout the incident.

Loma Alta will remain closed through Monday due to rolling debris and Fire department equipment on the roadway. We will continue to provide updated information as it becomes available.


Update by edhat staff
11:00 a.m., May 21, 2021

Santa Barbara Police have arrested a 23-year-old man for arson relating to the Loma Alta Fire. Read the full article here.

The fire is now 70% contained and is estimated to be 7-acres in size. 

Loma Alta Drive will be closed from West Canon Perdido Street to Coronel Street for the remainder of the day and possibly until Saturday. 


Update by edhat staff
7:00 a.m., May 21, 2021

Residents near TV Hill were able to return to their homes early Friday morning as the forward progress of a rapid brush fire was halted.

Evacuations were lifted around 12:30 a.m. and a little over an hour later the Santa Barbara Fire Department declared the Loma Fire 50% contained with approximately 10 acres burned. 

One house and a unit were damaged but no injuries have been reported.

Firefighters remained active throughout the night extinguishing all possible regiment points to ensure no brim leaves the containment line, and mop up continues throughout Friday.

Loma High Road will remain closed to traffic, proceed with caution as emergency services are still in the area. 

The official cause is under investigation.

 

#Loma Fire- UPDATE- As daylight begins, FF’s continue to mop up hot spots and secure containment. Loma IC reports with GPS mapping, revised acreage has been revised to under 10 acres. Two homes were damaged, none destroyed. No injuries reported. Cause under investigation. pic.twitter.com/ldIJSfdkWb

— SBCFireInfo (@EliasonMike) May 21, 2021

 

 

#Loma Fire- UPDATE- As daylight begins, FF’s continue to mop up hot spots and secure containment. Loma IC reports with GPS mapping, revised acreage has been revised to under 10 acres. Two homes were damaged, none destroyed. No injuries reported. Cause under investigation. pic.twitter.com/DvxzRrM1jr

— SBCFireInfo (@EliasonMike) May 21, 2021

 


Reported by edhat staff
10:45 p.m., May 20, 2021

Evacuations are issued for residents near Loma Alta and Miramonte Drive due to a rapidly spreading brush fire.

Evacuation orders have been issued for the following areas:

  • 900 Block Miramonte Dr to Weldon Rd, 
  • Isleta Ave, 
  • Arroyo Ave, 
  • Weldon Rd, 
  • Loma Alta Dr. from San Andres to Weldon Rd. 

The fire broke out just before 9:00 p.m. Thursday where W. Ortega Street dead-ends below Loma Alta. The fire spread up the hill towards Miramonte Drive where KEYT television station is, also known as TV Hill.

The fire has quickly grown to over 20 acres with numerous home and commercial buildings threatened. 

Multiple fire agencies are on the scene battling the blaze.

This is a developing story.

 

#Loma Fire - Santa Barbara City Incident- SBC and other agencies working vegetation fire. Loma IC reporting 20 acres with rapid rate of spread. Multiple commercial and homes threatened. Evacuations ordered for Loma Alta Dr & Miramonte Drive. C/T 8:55 pic.twitter.com/bkUcgWDsck

— SBCFireInfo (@EliasonMike) May 21, 2021

 

 

#Loma Fire - SB County FF stopping fire that spread to large home off Via del Cielo in Santa Barbara. Fire still at 0% containment and evacuation orders still in place. Please stay out of area. pic.twitter.com/gU8ExRntp2

— SBCFireInfo (@EliasonMike) May 21, 2021

 


Reported by Edhat Scanner Reporters

Large brush fire in the 600 block of West Ortega heading up TV Hill.


Photos by Josh Blair

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CMKR May 24, 2021 10:12 PM
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Special Meeting City Council Homeless Encampments. As a result of the Loma Fire the City Council is having a Special Meeting tomorrow at 6:00PM. The topic? Considering Emergency Actions To Abate Encampments In Fire-Prone Areas. What does that mean? Clearing the homeless encampments along the railroad tracks, off ramps, hillsides, creeks and sidewalks due to the fire risks and rehousing them elsewhere.

The big question is: Where?

Right now, the City is eyeing the Carrillo Castillo Commuter Parking Lot again. This time it will be a mega encampment instead of a "Tiny Homes for the Homeless" project, which residents successfully halted a few years ago. In my opinion, the plan is much worse and there is absolutely no guarantee that the operation will cease after the fire season.

That said, we do need to clear the encampments due to the fire risks. To do this an emergency order must be passed and sites need to be identified to re-house those from the encampments. The emergency order is easy. The hard part is finding a location where the homeless people can be relocated and where they will stay put.

Why? Apparently if the location is too far away from their regular haunts they may not be willing to stay at any of the locations the City wants to set up to house them. On the other hand, how many of us want a City Park or another property in the middle of a neighborhood turned into a mega encampment?

The Council will want to use a City or County property. That said, ideal locations would include: a kitchen, bathrooms, a large space for indoor housing, office space for services, space for mobile showers and a laundry, and perhaps even spaces for tents in a parking lot. If a building wasn't available then the space would have to be large enough for a mobile kitchen, bathrooms, mobile showers and a laundry, tents and space for services. - A large parking lot or grass area will be needed for any location without a building.

Prime locations where we have the facilities or land for operations of this nature include:

1. City Hall's parking lot,
2. The City Planning Department's parking lot,
3. The Public Health Department off of Hollister,
4. The Veterans Hall on Cabrillo,
5. The Elephant Bar off of Hollister,
6. Any of the City's parking garages,
7. The Garden Street parking lot,
8. The Clark Estate, which has a huge lawn and is remote, and
9. Our City Parks parking lots

Of note, there are over 900 homeless individuals in the City with ~75 age 18-23. There are some families too. So, we will need to open multiple locations throughout the City for distinct homeless populations.

With this said, one area where we should not place more homeless shelters is District #1 until each District has opened its own encampment shelter. Why? District #1 already has two shelters. PATH on Cacique and the Santa Barbara Rescue Mission on E. Yanonali St.

In my personal opinion the City should avoid PATH as a partner in any location. Why? This is based on the multi-years long problems residents have had with their facility and their lack of compliance with the conditional use permit.

What would I advocate for? I ranked my list from top to bottom and the 1st location I would like to see with an encampment is City Hall.

~AMG~

Topic: Emergency Actions To Abate Encampments In Fire-Prone Areas
When: Tuesday, May 25th @ 6:00PM
Agenda: https://tinyurl.com/k26nhpv9
Register: https://tinyurl.com/5vws377c
Email: SBCityCouncil@SantaBarbaraCA.Gov, Clerk@SantaBarbaraCA.Gov

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PitMix May 24, 2021 09:08 AM
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I keep looking at that bare steep slope, and wonder how bad the mudslide will be if we get intense rains next winter? Will they have to evacuate the people living below that slope when rain is forecasted?

PitMix May 25, 2021 10:16 AM
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Good luck with that, it usually takes a season of rain to get a watershed to recover from a burn, and it will be dry and hot from now until next November. Just hope the 1st rainstorm doesn't have any high intensity rains.

a-1621884876 May 24, 2021 12:34 PM
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The timing is "lucky," there is some time to get erosion-resistant material and/or vegetation in place before the rainy season.

patrick May 23, 2021 05:06 PM
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Love the SBFD drone footage. The soundtrack had me looking for CHIPS/Erik Estrada.

bornatcottageho... May 21, 2021 03:08 PM
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Looks like the goats helped manage the under brush.

Chip of SB May 24, 2021 09:16 AM
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It looks like the goats may have helped prevent the fire from growing much larger than it did. If you look at the burn scar, you will see a fence line starting around the tv station and running down to the bottom of the hill. The goats were used on the west side of that fence line.

Rypert Johnson May 21, 2021 12:10 PM
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Edhat's coverage of this was concise, precise, to the point and informative. Roger and Andrew, you guys are the best. Thank you to everyone for not tying up the message board here with banter, it allowed those informing the public to get news out quick.

AwareHuman May 21, 2021 12:08 PM
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The suspect is now on n jail. He has the same profile as the arsonist in the recent Topanga fire . It's alarming. What's equally alarming is that the arsonist in the week long Southern CA fire, last year, received a mere four (4) year sentence. Seems like that is the maximum under law....time to change that law!

a-1621620485 May 21, 2021 11:08 AM
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Thank you EdHat for your excellent coverage. Thank you City Firefighters for your courageous and competent first response. Wow what a problem the City has. Must have scared the bejesus out of the TV hill residents.

Transparent May 21, 2021 10:23 AM
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Infinite gratitude to first responders.

Council and City Manager --- This is literally your fault. People have been telling you this would happen, and your cowardice made it so. This specifically. 100% predicable, and 100% neglect.

My point isn't made only to place blame. It's about us all understanding that it WILL HAPPEN AGAIN if you don't change your act quickly.... your community (as well as your careers) depend on it.

sacjon May 21, 2021 03:48 PM
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RYPERT - Beer? How gauche. No sir, I only indulge in the finest wine coolers and malt liquors, to be enjoyed warm in a large camp with my fellow travelers.... Really now. Lol!

Rypert Johnson May 21, 2021 03:44 PM
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Oops, sorry about the double post, there was a glitch w/ the computer. My apologies.

Rypert Johnson May 21, 2021 03:43 PM
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SACJON, now we BOTH know that my "Mad Max camp" idea is strictly reserved for the urban travelers, gutter punks and tweakers/junkies that DON'T want to change their ways. As for the average "homeless" people... HELP THEM!
But man, I'm beyond flattered that you keep throwing my idea into the conversation, gives me a warm and fuzzy feeling! I owe you a beer!

Rypert Johnson May 21, 2021 03:39 PM
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SACJON, remember, my "Mad Max camp" idea is strictly reserved for the urban travelers, gutter punks, junkies and tweakers that DON'T want to be rehabilitated. The average homeless person that CAN be helped... not so much.
But, I am flattered that you keep bringing my plan into the conversation! Gives me a warm and fuzzy feeling my friend! I owe you a beer!

sacjon May 21, 2021 03:35 PM
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ALEX - ol' Rypert has pretty interesting "plan." You should ask him about it haha!

Alexblue May 21, 2021 03:06 PM
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Bumble, okay, let's be sure that prisoners serve their entire terms, no exceptions. And then what?

You want to keep people in prison forever because they might become homeless and burn down SB? Sounds great, unfortunately he law doesn't allow for that.

So then what? What's your answer? Everyone hates homelessness but no one wants to actually do anything about it. What do you propose?

bumblebee May 21, 2021 02:42 PM
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Camping in the city is illegal. The reason we have codes is for health and safety reasons.
Thanks to Governors Brown and Newsom prisoners were released to the community with out provisions made for housing and jobs. These homeless encampments are the result of the feel good policies by these two governors.
In fact, Newsom is planning on releasing another 76,000 prisoners. Plan on seeing even more encampments and feces and litter and thief and fires.

Alexblue May 21, 2021 12:06 PM
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Transparent, please provide some ideas allowable by current law to deal with the homeless camp fire issue.

If there aren't any, then please provide some ideas for changing the law.

a-1621617589 May 21, 2021 10:19 AM
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I heard people demanding action assembling at Paul Casey the City Administrators office -

Roger May 21, 2021 09:47 AM
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Once again Homeless advocates are in Denial of these Homeless camp fires they insist arsonists are targeting the homeless to blame. I think there are arsonists out there and they light fires and then there are homeless people who light warming and or camp fires which get out of control. Right after the BBQ Fire was put out by the Fire Department yesterday on Castillo there was a report of fires along the tracks and someone was seen lighting a couch on fire near Carrillo. He was followed and detained on the West Side right after that the TV Hill fire started and a White Male Adult with Bushy hair was seen leaving the scene. Last seen on the Tracks heading North on foot a male matching his description was detained at the Carrillo Southbound Onramp. Last I heard witnesses were responding for an infield line up..

Rypert Johnson May 21, 2021 09:42 AM
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No jokes, no sarcasm, no kidding here... THIS IS HORRIBLE! All I can hope is that this disaster opens eyes, not just those of public officials in the city and county, but the general public as well. Policies need to change and that change needs to happen in a quick manner!
Those folks fighting that fire, if you get a chance, any chance, shake their hands and thank them for the work they do. We ALL owe them a debt of gratitude.

Rypert Johnson May 21, 2021 12:05 PM
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CHIP OF SB, this is no time to play a blame game, but it's a time to see how we can ALL fix the problems. Asking firefighters what can be done is a good start.
On a good note, that tent city encampment in Isla Vista, in 11 days it will be GONE! Finally, the residents of Isla Vista will no longer have to deal with the crime and filth.
By the way, the final nail in the coffin, from what I hear, is the fire marshal was inspecting the tent city and pointed out NUMEROUS hazards, basically the place was dangerous. Today starts the countdown.

Rypert Johnson May 21, 2021 12:02 PM
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SACJON, remember, my idea for the "camp" was for the very problem we BOTH agree IS the problem. I thought we got past that.
So, homeless, arsonist or both? Well, they got a guy, let's all wait and see what the actual story is, should be told soon.
I have to somewhat agree to a certain level with your "flase flag" theory, but again, we wait and we see.

sacjon May 21, 2021 11:28 AM
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CHIP - interesting ideas. I think there is already some negligence liability available if the property owner's action/inaction contributed to the cause/spread of the fire. Simply having bushes on the property would probably not rise to that level of negligence. Even if they knew of the risk and a reasonable person (all about that "reasonable person" in negligence) would have known/should have known that they were creating a risk, it would have to be something more than simply having overgrowth. Unless of course, they pass a law banning overgrowth to some degree. Perhaps more effective would be some free/low cost service available to clear out dead brush or overgrowth on peoples property?

But, how do you deal with public property, like TV hill? I don't think that was privately owned. Was it overgrown or just dry? Do we cut down all dry bushes or do we water them? No easy answers!

Transparent May 21, 2021 11:16 AM
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Maybe bc warming, maybe bc crazy... nothing for sure on this incident... looks like it might be the crazy variety. On the broader trend, though, we have 100% clarity.

Chip of SB May 21, 2021 11:10 AM
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Sac, addressing overgrowth on private property can be tricky, and I am a strong supporter of property rights. However, I think an ordinance requiring clearing brush and overgrowth may be appropriate to mitigate fire risk. Another approach would be liability. As far as I’m concerned, a negligent property owner who allows brush to accumulate on his property has just as much responsibility for causing a fire as the negligent person who ignites the brush. Property owners, the city and the county included, seem to get a free pass on neglecting their land. Liability would motivate them to do the right thing and keep it maintained.

sacjon May 21, 2021 11:07 AM
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TRANSPARENT - but did a homeless "warming" fire cause this? Do they know?

Transparent May 21, 2021 10:56 AM
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We have multiple incidents, each of which can potentially blow up like this, every day. The cause is always the same. Again and again.

I cannot imagine a sane person contending that our unhoused population causing fires is not a super-serious and recurring problem. It's an established fact.

What comes next, what we do about it (or don't), that's the opinion part...

Transparent May 21, 2021 10:55 AM
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We have multiple incidents, each of which can potentially blow up like this, every day. The cause is always the same. Again and again.

I cannot imagine a sane person contending that our unhoused population causing fires is not a super-serious and recurring problem.

It's an established fact. What comes next, what we do about it (or don't), that's the opinion part...

sacjon May 21, 2021 10:43 AM
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CHIP - Just interesting that everyone is blaming the homeless, but I haven't seen any proof yet. The ignition source though IS very critical, especially when it's something we have control over and/or can prevent. How do you propose we make residential areas low risk by eliminating fuel? Do we require all dry brush on all hills, fields, etc in residential neighborhoods be removed? How do we force those who live in bushy areas to give up their trees/bushes?

Chip of SB May 21, 2021 10:37 AM
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Sac, blaming the ignition source will not stop fires like this from happening. Whether it’s an arsonist, a campfire, a cigarette, a downed power line, or something else, the end result is a fire. In order to stop these fires, we have to eliminate the fuel source. Mow down the grass, clear out the brush, and trim the trees. Either we clear the overgrowth, or more fires like this one will clear it for us. The choice is ours.

sacjon May 21, 2021 10:24 AM
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RYPERT - I agree with this comment. Now, do we know for sure it was a homeless fire or was it a sick arsonist? Or both? I'm not ready to accept your "camps," but something needs to be done to deal with this.

Wait.... what if this was one of those "false flag" operations designed to spur outrage toward the homeless? Uh oh.... conspiracy time!

Chip of SB May 21, 2021 10:15 AM
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Agreed Rypert. I truly hope this fire serves as a wake up call that leads to much needed reform. When you shake hands with a firefighter and thank them, also ask them how we can stop this from happening again and make sure their recommendations are implemented.

SantaBarbaraObserver May 21, 2021 09:25 AM
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MAKE NO MISTAKE the lack of action, enforcement and concern over the fires erupting out of homeless encampments in the last few months is the most pressing issue facing our city. Far more important than a park's mural, a colored bike lane or the 100's of other non-essential issues the City and its employees spend their time (our money) focused upon. Their negligence and dereliction of their sworn duty to protect the public, is going to cause the city to burn to the ground. We will see lives lost and billions in property damage all fall on the feet of the City of Santa Barbara and its failed leadership. We have some of the highest paid public employees in the state and yet our city is teetering on the edge of financial ruin and is literally, falling apart. The people who pay to keep this city alive are being ignored while the interests of both the poor and the hapless are considered more valuable. This isnt about what color your party sign is, its about allowing incompetence and complacency to thrive when the very lifeblood of our town is being threatened. Enough is enough. Its time to take back our city from the likes of hacks like Murillo and Casey. These people ARE the problem.

a-1621616184 May 21, 2021 09:56 AM
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Bringing up the other things the City spends grant money on doesn't make sense. That money cannot be reallocated.

VinSB May 21, 2021 09:12 AM
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Thank goodness for Roger!! and Andrew! First to report this emergency (and the only news during the onset of the fire). Thank you for this service.

ScannerAndrew May 21, 2021 11:04 AM
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Thanks! Yes we are always the first to report events and that's what's so great about Edhat!! I wonder if in the future there could be some type of alert/notification system where you could get the information immediately to your phone or something. Maybe an Edhat app???

photodude May 21, 2021 08:25 AM
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When will we ever learn???

I've lived in the Santa Barbara area since 1963, and have witnessed many brush fires, some gigantic.

To have a conflagration, you need two things: fuel and fire source. Eliminate one, and you won't have a conflagration.

We can't do much about undiscovered arsonists until they act. We certainly can do something about fuel. Especially fuel next to structures, i.e. defensible space.

When property owners have not proactively created defensible space, a wildfire on a steep slope, like the Loma fire, homes will be damaged or destroyed.

KEYT news carried video of the fire burning right up to the wood fence surrounding their satellite dishes and igniting that fence. Luckily, the fire department was there to douse it with water.

We need ordinances with stiff fines forcing property owners in urban areas to create and maintain defensible space.

Chip of SB May 21, 2021 09:46 AM
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I think you nailed it photodude. Addressing the fuel is the key to preventing these fires. The portion of TV hill that burned was covered in a dense overgrown layer of fuel. It seems inevitable that something would ignite it sooner or later. Hiring work crews and using livestock to clear overgrown areas can prevent this from happening.

a-1621591412 May 21, 2021 03:03 AM
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As a person with a homeless sibling (not in SB), I can attest that providing tents won’t solve the problem. Many homeless, like my sib, are suffering from mental illness, are delusional and paranoid, and won’t cooperate. We’ve been trying for years to help our sib, but one symptom of his mental illness is that he doesn’t think he is mentally ill and he won’t accept help. It is a very complicated situation.

JB86 May 21, 2021 01:13 AM
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As of 1 am it sounds like this is totally under control. To me the big question is causation. I doubt it was spontaneous combustion. Fire investigators need to earn their keep now.

a-1621606139 May 21, 2021 07:08 AM
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Re: causation, That first link mentions pursuit of an arsonist. I read more about that somewhere else, can't find it again.

a-1621606071 May 21, 2021 07:07 AM
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There was also lots of info on twitter, one link leads to another.
Unofficial scanner reporting: https://twitter.com/sbcountyscanner/status/1395576332940025859

Someone we all came to know and appreciate during previous fires:
https://twitter.com/ai6yrham

Several KEYT presenters and producers posted news during the fire, and there was the #Loma Fire hashtag.
Thanks Edhat and Edhat scanner reporters!

ScannerAndrew May 21, 2021 01:09 AM
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Final update from me for the night:
Evacuations are lifted. Most roads are open, but there are barricades at Loma Alta & Cliff, and San Andres/San Pascual. Miramonte is open.

There are some glowing spots on the hillside. Hearing lots of chainsaws! Some engines are being released and will expect more to be released in the future.

a-1621581315 May 21, 2021 12:15 AM
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Round up homeless NOW- put in a parking lot with large tent - no drugs no alcohol and they. will go to the next town with no competent leadership

a-1621580747 May 21, 2021 12:05 AM
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Dear Santa Barbara citizens: this fire is a direct result of your city's failed leadership. How many of you have warned about the growing homeless population, the repeated encampment fires? Everyone knew it was going to take just one bad wind to result in a conflagration. A competent leader would see that danger, issue a call to harness every resource to get every person out of those encampments, moved to tents on county land, or a parking lot well away from fire zones that could have been used temporarily. They did NOTHING, throwing their hands up in the air that CDC guidance tied their hands. Fire teams across the county warned about this very thing, and still the city didn't act.
See tonight for what it is: an utterly preventable catastrophe. Your city leadership failed you on every front, and left you exposed to serious danger. What's worse: you elected them. You didn't ask if candidates were remotely qualified for the job of running the city. The bar should have been raised so much higher far before now. Raise it now. You have witnessed successive utter failures to respond adequately to the State St implosion pre-pandemic, the Thomas disasters, the Pandemic, and now the homeless encampments and fires.
What do you need to happen before you demand better leadership of your city?

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