The Hope Ranch Smoker Continues

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The Hope Ranch Smoker Continues
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By Larry Dighera

Steam or smoke billows forth in the morning after a rain off the Hope Ranch cliffs. Many years ago I saw a helicopter dangling a "bucket" of water douse this area.

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LDighera Feb 25, 2019 12:16 PM
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Thank you for the kind words. It's difficult to get a good shot hand-held with a 720mm telephoto lens. Here's a video that will make you seasick: https://youtu.be/_LnSIDzTX-Q

LDighera Feb 25, 2019 08:57 AM
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No. It's located east of there. Here's the map: https://www.google.com/maps/@34.4100829,-119.7670342,56m/data=!3m1!1e3

LDighera Feb 23, 2019 11:02 AM
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Thank you all for your thoughtful comments. Here is a map of the location of the Hope Ranch Shale Fire: https://www.google.com/maps/@34.4100829,-119.7670342,56m/data=!3m1!1e3 . It would seem to me that an effective method of smothering the burning petroleum would be to enlist one of the fire suppression engines from the airport to pump foam into the opening in the cliff from which the smoke emanates. That's probably a less expensive approach than helo water drops. I did some research and found these articles: https://www.keyt.com/news/environment/rare-smoking-coastal-hillside-mystery-closely-watched-below-hope-ranch/663724187 https://santamariatimes.com/news/local/slow-burning-shale-has-hope-residents-worried/article_ffaaf709-6ebe-5a92-836d-49d403429728.html https://www.edhat.com/news/smoking-hope-ranch-cliffs https://www.noozhawk.com/article/county_fire_respond_to_naturally_occurring_oil_shale_fire_burning_west_of_a https://theextinctionprotocol.wordpress.com/2011/08/16/the-santa-barbara-volcanic-cliffs-are-smoldering-once-again/ https://bigthink.com/eruptions/volcanic-or-not-volcanic-the-steaming-hills-of-santa-barbara-are-not-volcanic https://www.edhat.com/news/smoking-shale-at-hendrys https://www.sanluisobispo.com/news/local/article186786533.html

icanreadcanyou Feb 22, 2019 06:48 PM
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@S. B. Dutchman, it's a shale fire. https://santamariatimes.com/news/local/slow-burning-shale-has-hope-residents-worried/article_ffaaf709-6ebe-5a92-836d-49d403429728.html

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