Jesusita Fire Update: 10:30pm

Been a busy afternoon.  My brother’s house and neighborhood was put on mandatory evacuation around 4:30 this afternoon, so we were kept busy getting everything loaded into trucks and vans to move to a safer place.  There is a small reservoir over the hill from his house where the fire fighting helicopters have been picking up water all afternoon, often circling low over his house.  Still at 10:30 at night, 5-6 helicopters are still flying around in the sky.  After it got dark I went to a view point a couple miles west and the wind was blasting and I could see huge flare ups in the fire every few minutes.  Luckily the winds aren’t as bad as they could be though. Going to be a long night for a lot of people.

first photo: view from the Santa Barbara Courthouse around 4:30 this afternoon.

Cloud of smoke from Jesusita fire on afteroon of May 5, 2009 as seen from Santa Barbara courthouse. Cody Duncan photography

Van packed for mandatory evacuation from Jesusita fire, Santa Barbara, CA. May 5, 2009

Motorcycles loaded on truck for mandatory evacuation from Jesusita fire, Santa Barbara, CA. May 5, 2009


Fire fighting helicopter flying in sky above santa barbara, CA

Jesusita fire at night, Santa Barbara, CA. May 5, 2009

4 replies
  1. Elaine Smith says:

    Those are terrific photos…my daughter works at Westmont College and we are praying it doesn’t get there as the students who suffered so much in the Nov. 2008 fire are still having a difficult time and the fourteen staff that lost their homes. I pray this one will be put out before anyone or any homes are destroyed.

  2. Tony Middleton says:

    Hi Cody,
    Stay safe mate – here in Victoria as you may well know, it’s been a completely devatating fire season just gone… I like the last image the best !

  3. Cody says:

    Ya, I don’t think it’s as bad as what you guys got this year (not yet at least). But this fire has now connected the last 2 wildfires that have occurred in the last year: Gap fire in July ’08 and Tea fire in Nov ’08 (200 houses burned), So the frontal range now looks like some 10+ mile burn zone.

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