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.
what is the back story on this?
@S. B. Dutchman, it's a shale fire.
Thank you all for your thoughtful comments.
Here is a map of the location of the Hope Ranch Shale Fire: https://email@example.com,-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:
Pressure and friction sets it ablaze.
Is that between More Mesa and Hope Ranch Beach ?
No. It's located east of there. Here's the map:
Great photo! Cooler weather really enhances the steamy look.
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
Shale fire that has happened there many times https://santamariatimes.com/news/local/slow-burning-shale-has-hope-residents-worried/article_ffaaf709-6ebe-5a92-836d-49d403429728.html
So can I light my fireplace now for heat and cook some salmon for dinner on an oak grill? (The only people that complain are transplants).