August 18 Evening Update
Incident: La Brea Fire Wildfire
La Brea Fire Information
August 18 Evening Update
Los Padres National Forest
California Interagency Incident Management Team 3/CAL FIRE/Santa Barbara County Fire
Jeanne Pincha-Tulley / S. Heil/ M. Schmitt Incident Commanders
Acres: 88,661 Personnel: 1,505 Containment: 75%
Start Date: Aug. 8, 2009
For more Information: http://www.inciweb.org/; or call (805) 961-5770
Please Note: Tonight will be the last evening update for the La Brea Fire. The morning update will continue to be distributed daily. Additionally, the Los Padres National Forest fire information line will be unstaffed but an updated recorded message will be available at the same number, (805) 961-5770.
Due to the hard work of firefighters today the portion of line north of Sierra Madre Ridge was tied in to Cottonwood Canyon. Crews will work through the night to bolster that section of line. Progress is being made on the eastern flank. This area was hit hard by water dropping helicopters today and as a result the latest infrared imaging is revealing less heat. Fire managers intend to increase the effort in the wilderness area tomorrow by inserting additional crews. This afternoon the fire put up a large plume of smoke due to islands of brush in the interior of the fire igniting and making uphill runs. These flare ups are not a threat to the established containment line. Pockets of fuel may continue to burn in these areas. Tonight, the crews will secure the line by mopping up hot spots around the north, west and southwest perimeter.
Managers will be scouting containment lines tonight to identify opportunities for suppression rehabilitation, the process of restoring the areas of fireline to a more natural condition. This will include building water bars and placing dead vegetation back on the lines to reduce the chances of erosion due to rain.
Night Operations Plan: Tonight's objectives involve improvement of established control lines and patrol and mop up of contained areas.
Weather: The weather will have a similar pattern as last night. In low elevations it will be 45-55 degrees and on the ridge tops it will reach 55-65 degrees. Winds will be from the north to northeast 8-14 mph with local gusts of 20 mph. The strongest winds will be along the Sierra Madre Ridge.
Evacuations Information: An Evacuation Warning remains in effect for the area bound by Sierra Madre Road on the west, Cottonwood Road on the south, Hwy 166 on the east, and Spoor Canyon on the north.
All other evacuation orders and warnings are rescinded including Pine Canyon, Tepusquet Canyon, and the area bound by Cottonwood Road and Wasioja Road between Hwy 166 and Sierra Madre Road.
Fire Investigation: U.S. Forest Service Special Agents, the Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office and fire investigators determined the La Brea Fire was caused by a cooking fire at an illegal marijuana drug trafficking operation within the forest. The La Brea Fire Tip Line is still open, and anyone with additional information helpful to this ongoing investigation is urged to contact 805-686-5074.
Closures: An emergency closure order is in effect for portions of the Los Padres National Forest in and around the fire. For more information, see http://www.fs.fed.us/r5/lospadres/ or http://www.inciweb.org/incident/1803/.
Resources: Engines: 55 Crews: 49 Dozers: 14 Water Tenders: 23 Helicopters: 12 Fixed Wing: 5