Tuesday, July 8, 2008


Apparently there is no longer a 'fire season' in California, the whole year we burn...

Firefighters tighten grip on California blaze as heatwave looms

LOS ANGELES (AFP) — Firefighters took advantage of cool weather and calm winds to tighten their grip on wildfires in California as the prospect of a forecast heatwave loomed over the region on Tuesday.

A total of 323 fires remained active, according to California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection figures on Tuesday, with more than 630,000 acres (255,000 hectares) scorched since the firestorm erupted on June 20.

Around 18,400 personnel are deployed across the state, with fires near Santa Barbara, 103 miles (165 kilometers) north of Los Angeles, and Big Sur, 120 miles (193kilometers) south of San Francisco, commanding most attention.

With a lull in temperatures and winds, firefighters have been able to make significant inroads into the two fires that have ripped through tinder-dry brush and chapparal in the Los Padres National Forest.

The Gap fire, near Santa Barbara, which has burnt 9,710 acres (3,930 hectares) since July 1 and forced the evacuation of more than 1,700 homes at one stage, was now 50 percent contained. Only 275 homes remained under evacuation orders on Tuesday.

More of the article here.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Hey Car,
I don't know if it's just my eyes or if others have the same problem, but I really sometimes struggle reading these white letters on the pink background if the light isn't just right on my screen.
Love and miss you alot,
See ya next week!!!