The Zaca fire that has so far destroyed over 143,000 acres continues to burn, although it is now 59 percent contained. But all it will take is a big wind in the wrong direction to undo this containment in a heartbeat. The Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s have issued an advisory that people living in an area on our side of the mountains about 12 miles away from where I’m typing these words should start thinking about evacuation.
We are all living under a cloud of smoke and ash. The ash covers cars and anything else left outside for even a few minutes. Take a look at the picture below and compare it to the one at the top of my post from a few days ago. Both were taken from about the same vantage point, which is about a half mile from our house. You can see the nasty, yellowish smoke we’re having to live with most of the time. It is not fun.
You can see the scale of the fire from the pictures below. The first one is a photo MD took of my golf swing a couple of months ago on a nice, clear typical Santa Barbara day. Ignore the fact that I should have been a little more behind the ball and should have had my hips more open. Instead look at the mountain range in the background. Then look at the bottom picture, which I took yesterday afternoon. The camera angle was a little different in the two pictures, but you can get a sense of proportion by comparing the trashcan and the red topped stake in both.
And in case you’re wondering, that’s not a cumulus cloud in the second picture. That’s billowing smoke.
Zaca fire still raging