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Thursday, October 29, 2015

CA-LPF- Gibralter Fire City of Montecito / Los Padres National Forest FRA [MAPS]

Gibralter Fire, CA-LPF-03471, Santa Barbara County, City of Montecito FRA
CA-LPF-03471, Santa Barbara County 
¼ mile below East Camino Cielo at Montecito Peak



10 Firefighting Aircraft pounded #GibraltarFire above Santa Barbara
10 Firefighting Aircraft pounded  above Santa Barbara Credit: Los Padres N.F.

Gibralter Fire Evacuation Map and Traffic Control points


Gibralter Fire Evacuation Map
Incident Overview
The Gibralter Fire was reported at approximately at 5:16 am on Thursday, October 29, 2015. The fire is located between Montecito Peak and Cold Springs Saddle. Currently there are 35 engines, 3 dozers, 2 patrols, 4 hand crews, 2 water tenders, air attack, 5 helicopters and 6 air tankers on scene. Equipment that is on order include; 10 Los Padres engines, 5 strike teams of engines (which equals 25 engines), 4 dozers, 4 water tenders, 4 helicopters and 4 hand crews. The Los Padres National Forest is in unified command with Santa Barbara County and Montecito Fire.

Road closures include:
East Camino Cielo at Painted Cave Road and Gibraltar Road and W. Mountain Drive at Gibraltar Road.

Evacuation warnings have been issued by Santa Barbara County Office of Emergency Management for zones 2, 3, 4 and 5 (See attached map). This includes areas north of Highway 192, east of Coyote Road, west of Buena Vista Road and south of East Camino Cielo.

Jurisdiction: FRA
Location: FRA/Los Padres N.F. The fire is located between Montecito Peak and Cold Springs Saddle.
Lat/long: 34.483 x 119.633
Start Date/Time: 10/29/15 @ 0515 hours
Fuels: Heavy Chaparral


Update 10/31/2015 0830: Fire Crews Push Containment to 90% for Gibraltar Fire
Area charred in blaze near Montecito Peak dropped to 21 acres from 50 after additional mapping.
Update 10/30/2015 0830: Fire Command is now Los Padres National Forest.
Jurisdiction: FRA
40 acres, short grass, and brush, 50% Contained
Type 3 IC (Scott, Enns)
Predicted strong, down canyon, Sundowner winds and low RH’s with little night recovery and continued winds throughout the evening
Contingency plan has been developed to support fire suppression efforts, evacuation, structure protection, etc.

Santa Barbra Fire PIO update 830am https://www.periscope.tv/w/aQOE-zFETEVCUEJlWW1LSmJ8MXlOR2FvcG9Pblh4amEOVXTStc-68fyJKzo2wAHxPySAnunkM9A-z63zfIhw

Update 10/29/2015 1830: Fire remains in Unified Command with Montecito Fire, Santa Barbara County Fire, and
Los Padres National Forest
Jurisdiction: FRA
Type 3 IC (Scott, Enns)
20 acres, short grass, and brush, 0% Contained
Reduction in acreage due to more accurate mapping
80°, 29% RH, wind is NNW at 11 mph
Predicted strong, down canyon, Sundowner winds and low RH’s with little night recovery and continued winds throughout the evening
Potential threat to communities of Santa Barbara, and Montecito should forecast Sundowners transpire
Access to incident is challenging
Firefighters continue to construct direct line, firefighters are making good progress

Update 10/29/2015 0845: 60 to 70 acres, heavy brush 0% Contained,
Moderate rate of spread,
Fire is in Unified Command with Montecito Fire, Santa Barbara County Fire, and
Los Padres National Forest
Wx: 69°, 55% RH, 15 mph with gusts to 40 to 50 mph. NNW
The fire is currently 8 miles from residences.



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