Santa Barbara Politics, Media & Culture

Tuesday, July 01, 2008

SB County Fire Google Group

Thanks to Cookie Jill for sending in Google Group information from the Santa Barbara County Fire Department. One can get updates on fires and receive any "red flag" alerts that night be in effect. To join, simply visit the above link and ask to join!


Anonymous No news is bad news said...

It is impossible to get any news about this Glen Annie fire - the county fire number 686-8177 says there are no fires in the county, yet reports of Glen Annie getting hit right now coming in from neighbors. Worthless.

Hope you can keep us up to date, Sara. Fingers crossed all will be okay and it will be contained ASAP.

7/01/2008 10:11 PM  
Blogger Cookie Jill said...

It's going to be a long, hot, blazing summer I fear.

7/01/2008 11:32 PM  
Anonymous Look first, then complain said...

Hey no news----since you have internet access, I presume you also have TV access. If so, you missed Channels 3 and 20 almost complete fire coverate, beginning about 10pm last night [while you were wanking]

7/02/2008 6:32 AM  
Anonymous Sulfurous Fumes said...

There is a pervading sense of anger out there and money to be made starting and fighting fires. That is a scary combo.

The vitriol shown in the Obama campaign against the establishment indicates a very deep generational division - and those become the days of rage, just like the 1960's but without the color and the summer of love. This will be a long, hot summer. The mood is not right.

7/02/2008 8:09 AM  
Blogger Becky said...

As of now, the Google Groups have no updates about the current fire. And the SB County Fire Dept website also has no mention of the local wildfire.

And seriously, a Google Group? The fire department needs to get with the decade and start a blog with updates on the fire.

7/02/2008 8:14 AM  
Anonymous livingLO said...

Up to date info is hard to come by when a fire breaks out. The county/fire/forest websites are of little value and mostly provide "stale" info.

And, KEYT this morning keeps showing a map depicting the fire just below Lake Cachuma and adjacent to Refugio. How helpful is that?

The best bet for anybody truly in a high fire risk area is to arm yourself with an inexpensive scanner available from Radio Shack, etc. Tune it to fire, forest, sheriff, etc. frequencies and get up-to-the-second info as it happens.

The next best source is the Wildland Residents Association which serves the Santa Barbara mountain communities.

Their website is a very good source of info which seems to get updated in even rapidly changing conditions. Consider supporting them by becoming a member or sending a donation.

7/02/2008 8:38 AM  
Anonymous wineguy said...

Updated information is available here:

7/02/2008 9:35 AM  
Anonymous suzyq said...

The best coverage on TV this morning was from KTLA news from LOS ANGELES--complete with helicopters, interviews with residents, and a knowledgeable reporter--even if she did call it the 154 freeway. While KEYT weant to Good Morning America, KTLA stayed put and provided information. The best KEYT could do was to keep showing the weather map. Their coverage of the Painted Cave Fire was outstanding. This? Not so much. How ironic; we've been saying we're just a part of LA these days. Apparently they think so, too.

7/02/2008 6:37 PM  
Anonymous SickOfConspiracyTheories said...

Holy crap, people!

Money to be made? WTF?

As to up to date info, try

7/02/2008 9:06 PM  

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