Railroad Closed Due to Gaviota Brush Fire on Thursday

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Railroad Closed Due to Gaviota Brush Fire on Thursday
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Photo: Steve Gregory / KFI Radio

Update by edhat staff

Amtrak closed the railroad for several hours due to a brush fire near the tracks in Gaviota on Thursday afternoon.

At 1:35 p.m., Santa Barbara County firefighters responded to Highway 101 southbound, approximately one mile south of Mariposa Reina Road for a reported fire. When crews arrived they discovered an active fire near the railroad tracks prompting a shutdown of the rail line.

Firefighters contained the fire between 5 to 6 acres with help from a water tender, helicopter, and two CalFire crews.

The cause is under investigation.

Photo: Steve Gregory / KFI Radio

Reported by Roger the Scanner Guy
2:02 p.m., January 30, 2020

Brush fire along Highway 101 at Gaviota Beach near the southbound lanes and railroad tracks.

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tagdes Feb 01, 2020 11:04 AM
Railroad Closed Due to Gaviota Brush Fire on Thursday

I'd really like to see more details on how the train started the fire along with which train, it's speed and direction. Since neither ATK or UP ever knew about it unless they were informed much later in the day. I read the logs for both 14 and the only other possible train and neither ever stopped as would be required. No heat detectors or dragging equipment detectors were set off. If it was something left on the tracks intentionally it's pretty unlikely none of the crew from the Engr. and fireman and car attendants back to the conductor saw anything......................to Condorhiker , the ATK Conductor is only in charge of the train it'self, all movements of the train are controlled by the UP dispatcher in Omaha.

condorhiker Jan 31, 2020 06:34 PM
Railroad Closed Due to Gaviota Brush Fire on Thursday

The tracks are actually owned by Union Pacific, not Amtrak. It's likely that Union Pacific would have made the decision to close the tracks. However, Amtrak could have made the decision not to run its trains through.

Emmenanthe Jan 31, 2020 08:22 AM
Railroad Closed Due to Gaviota Brush Fire on Thursday

From the photograph, it appears that the fire is on the ocean side of the tracks. The freeway is on the mountain side of the tracks. If a cigarette is at fault, it was more likely tossed by someone using a canyon for beach access (San Onofre is in that area), or one of the illegal campers one sees out there.

ChemicalSuperFreak Jan 30, 2020 04:50 PM
Railroad Closed Due to Gaviota Brush Fire on Thursday

I'm not familiar with that area, do you know how far from the 101 the fire was? I ask, because I still see people flicking cigarettes out of their car windows on freeways, among other places.

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