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Sunday, September 17, 2006

Day Fire Info and Links

Many thanks to one of our loyal readers who passed this info along for the rest of us -- I appreciate it as we need this news today rather than tomorrow. This was an email sent out by the Montecito Fire District.

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FROM THE MONTECITO FIRE DISTRICT AND MERRAG: Sept. 17, 2006--9:20 AM

Many of you woke up to a what looks like a snowstorm of ash. This is due to the fire activity at the Day Fire. Our dispatcher was overwhelmed from people calling for information all night long.

In an effort to help eliviate some of your questions, I am including a link to a fire information website for you to find the latest updated information if you are curious about what is happening. There is no threat to our community at this time. It is currently burning toward the city of Fillmore.

http://www.inciweb.org/incident/475/

I am also including a link to a website that will let you view satallite imagery of fires. You must select the fire you want to view from the pull down menu. (Day Fire). As you click on the triangle indicating where the fire is, it will zoom in.

Once you get it to the way you'd like to see it, you can select the layers you want to include (i.e. cities, towns, roads, bodies of water etc.).

http://geomac.usgs.gov/viewer/viewer.htm

We will probably continue to experience this ash flow for some time, so keep your doors, windows and dampers closed. Stay indoors to minimize exposure -- especially if you have respiratory ailments. Here are some other things to consider when dealing with large amounts of ash fall:

• Wash ash off children’s toys before children play with them.

• Clean ash off house pets.

• Wear gloves, long sleeved shirts, and long pants and avoid skin contact.

• If you do get ash on your skin, wash it off as soon as possible.

• If you have a vegetable garden or fruit trees, wash the fruit or vegetables thoroughly before eating them.

• Avoid getting ash into the air as much as possible. Do not use leaf blowers or take other actions that will put ash into the air.

• Shop vacuums and other common vacuum cleaners do not filter out small particles, but rather blow such particles out the exhaust into the air where they can be breathed. The use of shop vacuums and other non-HEPA filter vacuums is not recommended. HEPA filter vacuums could be used, if available.

• Well fitting dust masks may provide some protection during cleanup. A mask rated N-95 or P-100 will be more effective than simpler dust or surgical masks in blocking particles from ash. In general, many ash particles are larger than those found in smoke; thus, wearing a dust mask can significantly reduce (but not completely eliminate) the amount of particles inhaled.

• Persons with heart or lung disease should consult their physician during ash fall.

• Gentle sweeping of indoor and outdoor hard surfaces followed by wet mopping is the best procedure in most cases. A damp cloth or wet mop may be all that is needed on lightly dusted areas.

• Avoid washing ash into storm drains whenever possible.

• If ash is wet down, use as little water as possible.

• Collected ash may be disposed of in the regular trash. Ash may be stored in plastic bags or other containers that will prevent it from being disturbed.

The community of Fillmore and residents along the 150 corridorbetween Santa Paula and Ojai, as well as Wheeler Gorge and Matilija have been asked to evacuate.

Take this opportunity to check YOUR evacuation/disaster kits. If you are unsure what you should have, check out the MERRAG website for more information.

14 Comments:

Anonymous SYV local said...

Sports and news reporter Leah Etling is the latest to depart from the News-Press. Etling submitted her resignation Saturday. The daughter of fired community columnist William Etling, Leah had been working at the News-Press off and on since she was a 17-year-old high school student and won several major awards in her young career.

9/17/2006 2:15 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

TWO publishers at the news-press and we can't get any breaking news about the fire on the news-press website, and nothing in the paper except for two sentences on page four? Pathetic. I'm driving to LAX later today and I finally found helpful links here. If McCaw and von Weisenberger want to run the news personally, how about making sure the life and death stuff gets taken care of--starting with 50 square miles burning in the condor sanctuary. I have to think if Italy's basil crop were on fire, it would have made page one this morning.

9/17/2006 3:23 PM  
Blogger passing-by said...

Thanks... good info. It would be nice to have a local newspaper in town that would run more than a paragraph stating there is no danger to Santa Barbara last night at press time, or maybe updating their website to actually provide current information.

9/17/2006 3:26 PM  
Anonymous hattie said...

Thanks for sharing this info--I couldn't find it anywhere else.

9/17/2006 3:37 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks for this! Certainly, blogabarbara is a news source --- and a fine one, too!

I wondered about all the ash this morning and figured it must have come from the Castaic/Day fire but saw nothing this morning on the KEYT web site or or on the N-P one (I might have even paid for access....)

9/17/2006 4:11 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank you for providing a link to the most up-to-date and useful local information I've read so far in the media.

9/17/2006 4:59 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

THANK YOU !

9/17/2006 6:32 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Relax!

True, NewsPress is looking seriously ill for dropping the ball on reporting anything about today's eerie ash fall.

BUT, let's not get lose all sense of reality here! Blogabarbara is many things, but it is NOT a "fine" news source. Gripefest with the occasional useful facts? Yes. Fine news source? No way in hell.

9/17/2006 10:30 PM  
Blogger Sara De la Guerra said...

Thanks for the kind words! Yikes.

I never said that BlogaBarbara is about journalism and there is a difference between journalism and being a news source. What people are thinking -- even if it is a "gripe fest" -- is part of the news and more specifically commentary on the news, which is all we have ever purported to be.

It was nice today to provide information on something the News-Press failed to -- but that doesn't make it journalism and it really just makes BlogaBarbara an alternative, take-it-with-a-grain-of-salt source for useful information that some may call news as it is not reported anywhere else.

That's fine with me -- but people that are paid to do this should be! Some are, some aren't. If we can fill in a gap and help people know what is going on -- great.

9/17/2006 10:36 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dear 10:30 PM ~ I posted the MFD info because I felt it was practical information that could and should be shared with Santa Barbara community. Blogabarbara gets huge traffic and it seemed like a good emergency bulletin board for a Sunday morning. I can't even get ON the News Press site to post! As it turned out BaBA seemed pretty darn "newsy," as no one else seemed to be carrying this important info.

A huge concern of local civil defense managers is that, as many people found today, SB does not currently have a 24/7community emergency broadcast avenue. Perhaps blogs can start to answer that need--I thought I'd give it a shot and it seemed to be very effective, so thanks Sara.

THAT is, after all, the blog revolution –blogs can create a much tighter community through opinion AND information. The technology is making the world smaller, closer and perhaps safer. So 10:30 ditto the "relax" and let's all just go with the flow as we learn together how best to send and receive helpful and timely information.

9/17/2006 11:40 PM  
Anonymous And they call this NEWS? said...

well, it took them twelve hours, but --

NEWSPRESS.com [Unpaid portion]
UPDATED: September 18, 2006 8:16 AM
S.B. emergency workers flooded with calls about ash

County emergency workers were inundated with callers complaining about the poor air quality resulting from a fire in the Los Padres National Forest that grew from 30,000 acres to 80,000 acres Saturday night. The amount of smoke and ash in the air may be a nuisance, but for most adults the conditions should not significantly affect health or respiratory conditions, said Keith Cullom, spokesman for the Santa Barbara County Fire Department. The volume of calls are "interfering with normal emergency operations," said Mr. Cullom, also adding that emergency workers were answering the phones throughout Saturday night and Sunday. More»

9/18/2006 8:42 AM  
Anonymous OjaiGal said...

Ojai Post is keeping tabs on the fire as it crawls toward the valley:
www.ojaipost.com

9/18/2006 8:48 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Keep posting updates... much more usefull than any of the local news or the NP

9/18/2006 10:29 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"The fire finally made front page. Did Melissa Evans report, SBNP (lack of reporting) floods emergency workers with calls about ash.? I'm still upset with SBNP lack of regard Sunday, 9/17/06 for lung disease." COULD IT BE THE FAILURE TO REPORT THIS FIRE AS A LEGITIMATE LOCAL JOURNALIST WOULD, DOES CAUSE THE NUMBER OF EMERGENCY CALLS AND DISTRACT EMERGENCY WORKERS? "County emergency workers were inundated with callers complaining about the poor air quality resulting from a fire in the Los Padres National Forest that grew from 30,000 acres to 80,000 acres Saturday night. The amount of smoke and ash in the air may be a nuisance, but for most adults the conditions should not significantly affect health or respiratory conditions, said Keith Cullom, spokesman for the Santa Barbara County Fire Department. The volume of calls are "interfering with normal emergency operations," said Mr. Cullom, also adding that emergency workers were answering the phones throughout Saturday night and Sunday. More»"8:42 THE 3.7 PEOPLE WHO HAVE SIGNIFICANT HEALTH OR RESPIRATORY CONDITIONS DO NOT APPRECIATE BEING TREATED SO SHABBY. THEY ARE FEEBLE ENOUGH. THEY CAN SEE THE PEOPLE WHO MAKE EXCUSES FOR THIS EXAMPLE OF WHAT THE NEWS-PRESS IS TO EMERGENCY. I WANT TO TRUST THE GOOD PEOPLE IN COUNTY WORK. IF THEY ARE ABOUT EXCUSES AND COVER UP, THEY INCREASE FEAR FOR EVERYONE. THERE IS ALREADY ENOUGH FEAR CREATED BY NEWS-PRESS. THERE IS A DIRECT RESULT OF THE PAPERS MISTAKE AND EMERGENCY CALLS AND COUNTY WORKERS WHO DOWNPLAY THE SITUATION FOR THE SICK. I DON'T USUALLY PAY ATTENTION TO DR LARA'S WARNINGS, SHE SAYS "BE AFRAID, BE VERY AFRAID" COUNTY, I KNOW YOU HAVE PR MATTERS TO JUGGLE,DON'T INCREASE THE FEAR, PLEASE, ADDRESS THIS HONESTLY AND OPENLY. USE YOUR ADVERTISEMENTS IN PAPER AS PUBLIC SERVICE FOR ALL PEOPLE INCLUDING THE FEEBLE. WE DON'T WANT TO "BE AFRAID, BE VERY AFRAID".

9/18/2006 7:07 PM  

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