Gap Fire, Goleta, July 2008

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The Gap Fire started burning on the afternoon of Tuesday, July 1 near West Camino Cielo on the crest of the Santa Ynez Mountains above Goleta.

Slideshow of the helicopters fighting the Gap Fire.

Monday, July 7

A Carson Helicopters Sikorsky S-61N joined the helicopters fighting the fire.

Gap Fire, Goleta, July 7, 2008 There are still some plumes of smoke rising from the crest of the mountains.

Gap Fire, Goleta, July 7, 2008 Carson Helicopters Sikorsky S-61N N905AL flies as Tanker 761. It was built in 1974.

Sunday, July 6

A pair of Sikorsky Skycranes lifted slurry from a station on Bishop Ranch to the hot spots on the ridge and in Elwood Canyon.

Gap Fire, Goleta, July 6, 2008 Tanker 744.

Gap Fire, Goleta, July 6, 2008 Poweer lines run through the burn area off the end of Glen Annie Road. Fires burning under the powerlines have caused several power outages.

Gap Fire, Goleta, July 6, 2008 Erickson Air Crane Sikorsky S64E Skycrane N247AC flies as Tanker 744. It was built for the civilian market in 1968.

Gap Fire, Goleta, July 6, 2008 Helicopter Transport Services Sikorsky CH-54B Skycrane N720HT flies as Tanker 720. It is a veteran of the US Army. Its Army tail number was 69-18463. It has accumulated 4,400 flight hours. It fights fires in Australia sor five months each year.

Gap Fire, Goleta, July 6, 2008 Tanker 720.

Gap Fire, Goleta, July 6, 2008 Tanker 720.

Gap Fire, Goleta, July 6, 2008 Tanker 744.

Gap Fire, Goleta, July 6, 2008 Tanker 744 sucks up a load of retardant at Bishop Ranch.

Gap Fire, Goleta, July 6, 2008 Tanker 744.

Gap Fire, Goleta, July 6, 2008 Tanker 744.

Gap Fire, Goleta, July 6, 2008 Tanker 744.

Gap Fire, Goleta, July 6, 2008 Tanker 744.

Gap Fire, Goleta, July 6, 2008 Tanker 744.

Gap Fire, Goleta, July 6, 2008 Tanker 744.

Gap Fire, Goleta, July 6, 2008 Tanker 744.

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Gap Fire, Goleta, July 6, 2008 Tanker 744.

Gap Fire, Goleta, July 6, 2008 Tanker 744.

Gap Fire, Goleta, July 6, 2008 Tanker 744.

Saturday, July 5

Cathedral Oaks Road near Los Carneros Road, 5:20-5:45 PM

Cathedral Oaks was closed from Gelnn Annie to Turnpike on Saturday morning. It was reopened in the afternoon. A helicopter slurry station was set up on Bishop Ranch. Four Marine Corps Boeing-Vertol CH-46F Sea Knights, two Santa Barbara County Fire Bell UH-1H Hueys, and a pair of Sikorsky Skycranes carried loads of slurry to the hot spots near West Camino Cielo.

Gap Fire, Goleta, July 5, 2008 Marine Corps Boeing-Vertol CH-46F Sea Knight BuNo 157652 of HMM-268 based at Naval Air Station Lemoore is flying as Tanker 905.

Gap Fire, Goleta, July 5, 2008 CH-46F Sea Knight BuNo 155315 of HMM-268 is flying as Tanker 906.

Gap Fire, Goleta, July 5, 2008 CH-46F Sea Knight BuNo 157723 of HMM(T)-154 is flying as Tanker 903.

Gap Fire, Goleta, July 5, 2008 Tanker 903.

Gap Fire, Goleta, July 5, 2008 Tanker 903.

Gap Fire, Goleta, July 5, 2008 CH-46F Sea Knight BuNo 156426 of HMM(T)-154 is flying as Tanker 904.

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Gap Fire, Goleta, July 5, 2008 Tanker 904.

Helicopter Transport Services Sikorsky CH-54B Skycrane N720HT Tanker 720, Gap Fire, Goleta, July 5, 2008 Helicopter Transport Services Sikorsky CH-54B Skycrane N720HT flies as Tanker 720.

Gap Fire, Goleta, July 5, 2008 Palm Springs Aviation Bell 206L-3 LongRanger III N613LH.

Helicopter Transport Services Sikorsky CH-54B Skycrane N720HT Tanker 720, Gap Fire, Goleta, July 5, 2008 Tanker 720

Helicopter Transport Services Sikorsky CH-54B Skycrane N720HT Tanker 720, Gap Fire, Goleta, July 5, 2008 Tanker 720

Helicopter Transport Services Sikorsky CH-54B Skycrane N720HT Tanker 720, Gap Fire, Goleta, July 5, 2008 Tanker 720

Helicopter Transport Services Sikorsky CH-54B Skycrane N720HT Tanker 720, Gap Fire, Goleta, July 5, 2008 Tanker 720

Gap Fire, Goleta, July 5, 2008 Sea Knights and LongRanger sitting in the long grass at Bishop Ranch..

Helicopter Transport Services Sikorsky CH-54B Skycrane N720HT Tanker 720, Gap Fire, Goleta, July 5, 2008 Tanker 720

Helicopter Transport Services Sikorsky CH-54B Skycrane N720HT Tanker 720, Gap Fire, Goleta, July 5, 2008 Tanker 720

Helicopter Transport Services Sikorsky CH-54B Skycrane N720HT Tanker 720, Gap Fire, Goleta, July 5, 2008 Tanker 720

Helicopter Transport Services Sikorsky CH-54B Skycrane N720HT Tanker 720, Gap Fire, Goleta, July 5, 2008 Tanker 720.

Helicopter Transport Services Sikorsky CH-54B Skycrane N720HT Tanker 720, Gap Fire, Goleta, July 5, 2008 Tanker 720

Helicopter Transport Services Sikorsky CH-54B Skycrane N720HT Tanker 720, Gap Fire, Goleta, July 5, 2008 Tanker 720

Gap Fire, Goleta, July 5, 2008 Tankers 903 and 904 take off without their Bambi buckets.

Gap Fire, Goleta, July 5, 2008 Tankers 905 and 906 take off without their Bambi buckets.

Gap Fire, Goleta, July 5, 2008 The four Sea Knights formed up and headed back to NAS Lemoore.

Gap Fire, Goleta, July 5, 2008 Tanker 903.

Gap Fire, Goleta, July 5, 2008 Tanker 904.

Gap Fire, Goleta, July 5, 2008 Tanker 906.

Gap Fire, Goleta, July 5, 2008 Tanker 905

Gap Fire, Goleta, July 5, 2008 Palm Springs Aviation Bell 206L-3 LongRanger III N613LH.

Helicopter Transport Services Sikorsky CH-54B Skycrane N720HT Tanker 720, Gap Fire, Goleta, July 5, 2008 Tanker 720

Gap Fire, Goleta, July 5, 2008 Helicopter Transport Services Sikorsky CH-54B Skycrane N720HT Tanker 720.

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Helicopter Transport Services Sikorsky CH-54B Skycrane N720HT Tanker 720, Gap Fire, Goleta, July 5, 2008 Tanker 720

Gap Fire, Goleta, July 5, 2008 Santa Barbara County Fire Department Bell UH-1H Huey N205KS flies as Tanker 308. It is equipped with a snorkel.

Gap Fire, Goleta, July 5, 2008 Santa Barbara County Fire Department Bell UH-1H Huey N205FD flies as Tanker 309. It carries a Bambi bucket.

Gap Fire, Goleta, July 5, 2008 Tanker 308.

Gap Fire, Goleta, July 5, 2008 Tanker 309.

Gap Fire, Goleta, July 5, 2008 Erickson Air Crane Sikorsky S64E Skycrane N247AC flies as Tanker 744.

Gap Fire, Goleta, July 5, 2008 Tanker 744.

Cathedral Oaks Road and Windsor Road, 12:30 PM

Gap Fire, Goleta, July 5, 2008 Hotspots along West CAmino Cielo on the crest of the Santa Ynez Mountains.

Friday, July 4

Cathedral Oaks is closed eastbound at Los Carneros.

Cathedral Oaks Road and Placer Road, 12:50 PM

DC-10 Tanker over Gap Fire, Goleta, July 4, 2008 The DC-10 tanker was sighted over the Sante Ynez Mountains at 12:50 PM.

Cathedral Oaks Road near Los Carneros Road, 9:20 AM

A pair of CH-46 Sea Knights and the Santa Barbara County UH-1H have been making drops on the fire as a North American OV-10 Bronco orbits overhead.

Gap Fire, Goleta, July 4, 2008 Boeing-Vertol CH-46 Sea Knight 904

Gap Fire, Goleta, July 4, 2008 Santa Barbara County Fire Department Bell UH-1H Huey N205FD

Gap Fire, Goleta, July 4, 2008 Boeing-Vertol CH-46 Sea Knight 904

Gap Fire, Goleta, July 4, 2008 Another parade of fire trucks along Cathedral Oaks.

Gap Fire, Goleta, July 4, 2008 Boeing-Vertol CH-46 Sea Knight 904

Gap Fire, Goleta, July 4, 2008 Boeing-Vertol CH-46 Sea Knights 903 and 904

Gap Fire, Goleta, July 4, 2008 CDF North American OV-10A Bronco.

Thursday, July 2

Cathedral Oaks Road near Los Carneros Road, 9:20 AM

Gap Fire, Goleta, July, 2008 A gray layer of smoke hangs over the city. The wind is still and the intensity of the fire has abated.

Gap Fire, Goleta, July, 2008

Gap Fire, Goleta, July, 2008

Gap Fire, Goleta, July, 2008

Gap Fire, Goleta, July, 2008 Emergency vehicles are staging at Dos Pueblos high School.

Thursday evening they evacuated north of Cathedral Oaks from Fairview to Patterson.

Wednesday, July 2

Cathedral Oaks Road and Winchester Canyon Road, 8:10 PM

Gap Fire, Goleta, July, 2008 The power failure sent many people out of their houses to look at the fire.

Gap Fire, Goleta, July, 2008

Gap Fire, Goleta, July, 2008

Gap Fire, Goleta, July, 2008

Gap Fire, Goleta, July, 2008

Gap Fire, Goleta, July, 2008 Hot spots flared in scattered locations across the mountsinside.

Gap Fire, Goleta, July, 2008

Gap Fire, Goleta, July, 2008

Gap Fire, Goleta, July, 2008

Gap Fire, Goleta, July, 2008

Lake Los Carneros, 8:00 PM

Gap Fire, Goleta, July, 2008 Power in the area went out about 7:30 PM. It was restored about 11:30 PM.

Gap Fire, Goleta, July, 2008

6:00 PM

Gap Fire, Goleta, July, 2008 The plume of smoke from the Gap Fire blowing south over Goleta.

Gap Fire, Goleta, July, 2008




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