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posted by Sara De la Guerra | 6/08/2007 08:29:00 AM
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It's on the front page of the Daily Sound, folks.Also, someone should tell John Quimby that Blogabarbara is not an "instant news" site.
There is an article in today's Daily Sound (which I haven't had time to read yet)...
I don't have any info but I saw the fire from my home just off Foothill Rd, near 154. I could smell the smoke and see numerous lights from firetrucks and at least one helicopter. The fire seemed fairly bright until perhaps 10:30 pm when it either died down or moved over the ridge beyond my vision.I was around for the Painted Cave fire in '90, so believe me, I was already lining up friends to help move valuables off site.Whew.
Hi Sara,Can't say for sure what was going on but it looked like a large number of vehicles up on Camino Cielo mostly concentrated along one spot on the ridge above LaCumbre. Who would put that many vehicles in one spot on the ridge late at night? A helicopter was circling the area as well.I assumed by the looks of it that it was a fire. I 'spose it could have been a very hip party.
Thanks allegro and this isn't an instant news site but occasionally it works out that way!
Hi Allegro,I undestand your point and mean no suugestion of any lapse on Sara's part. I just thought I'd try a ping into the blogosphere to see if we could in fact have a rapid online respone to a breaking news item. Also - and I don't mean to hyperventilate about this - this town has very little news capability after sundown. So maybe we should address that issue. As it stands now, we're essentially dependent on the County Office of Emergency Services to trigger an emergency alert for a major event like fire. That wasn't true during the Painted Cave Fire which began in a very similar fashion. Since then, local radio has automated itself at night and there is nobody to respond to breaking news or even answer the phone. The EAS system is supposed to automatically interrupt programming to deliver a recorded message of about :60 seconds from County Emergency Services. And that's it.There has been quiet discussion in town about this for several years with emergency services, residents and broadcasters trying to create a solution. Former Fire Captain Charlie Johnson has helped lead that effort. So who did cover that story last night?
There are 5 TV signals licensed to the Santa Barbara metro, plus Cox Cable. There are 13 commerical or public FM signals (not including low power FM)licensed to broacast here.There are 5 AM signals in town too.Which of these 23 broadcast signals had a reporter at the fire?So far the only news source I know of at the scene was The Daily Sound. (Good photos by the way!) If another news organization covered the story last night, I'd really like to know.
"Which of these 23 broadcast signals had a reporter at the fire?"And who scooped them all? John Quimby and Blogabarbara!I watched the painted cave fire and remember the horrors of that night. I don't blame anybody for being concerned about fire on the hills. It's one of the issues with higher density without the proper infrastructure to support it. Being able to quickly evacuate or access the areas is crucial. Are the downtown areas being properly evaluated for emergency evac as they add these new condo devlopements?
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