Reported Brush Fire in Hope Ranch

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By Scanner Andrew

Two callers reporting flames seen on Hope Ranch Beach

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ScannerAndrew Dec 02, 2020 03:42 PM
Reported Brush Fire in Hope Ranch

Copter 964 overhead advising no flames visible, just smoky. One engine can handle, rest of the assignment in cancelled.

ScannerAndrew Dec 02, 2020 03:44 PM
Reported Brush Fire in Hope Ranch

Copter 964 additionally reporting that it's a small spot just above the beach. No indications of progression.

SouthCoastPhoto Dec 02, 2020 03:45 PM
Reported Brush Fire in Hope Ranch

All units to cancel except engine 13 which will investigate further, typical oil shale smoldering when exposed to O2, natural occurrence and will subside over time. No threat to life or property

ScannerAndrew Dec 02, 2020 03:49 PM
Reported Brush Fire in Hope Ranch

Sending in copter 308 to do some drops on it. Copter 964 crew returning back to Santa Ynez to switch to Copter 3

tagdes Dec 02, 2020 05:23 PM
Reported Brush Fire in Hope Ranch

Just what Southcoast Photo alluded to... it's the same spot and starts smoldering there every year. They can't put it out and will subside eventually.

El Barbareno Dec 03, 2020 08:38 AM
Reported Brush Fire in Hope Ranch

The Hope Ranch "Volcano" was recorded in the Spanish era in SB and noted as being quite active following the 1812 earthquake.
It has long been called a volcano, but is actually a “solfataras.” There was/is another one along the Rincon above 101, between Bates Road and La Conchita. These tend to be oil (asphaltum) deposits that soak into the porous shale and get ignited.

Emmenanthe Dec 03, 2020 12:53 PM
Reported Brush Fire in Hope Ranch

This was smoking, cracking, and flaming last Saturday. No brush in immediate vicinity. Same place as in earlier years. There was a small quake off IV a week or so ago. Could that could have widened a crack so that more oxygen could reach the smoldering tar in the shale?

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