That area your going to near New Cuyama is known as the Armpit of California, because of the oil & gas well odors. Also I spent 5 miserable days and nights in heat, humidity, weird bugs and very foul stench on a wildfire there in 1995. Watch out for the Wild Onions, narrow roads and the very agressive snakes too!
Firefighters battle 7,500-acre blaze northeast of Santa MariaPosted: 6/19/2006 10:19:23 PMSANTA MARIA, Calif. (AP) - Firefighters are battling an out-of-control wildfire that has blackened 7500 acres northeast of Santa Maria.Fire officials say the blaze began at about 1:30 this afternoon in a remote area of New Cuyama (kwee-YAH'-mah) and quickly exploded, burning into Los Padres National Forest.Santa Barbara County Fire Captain Keith Cullom says at least two outbuildings have burned. No homes are threatened and no injuries are reported.Cullom says investigators determined the fire began when a piece of metal siding blew into electrical wires, causing sparks and igniting the brush below.Cullom says the blaze could grow to 12,000 acres by daybreak. It's 15 percent contained.
Spoke with the Captain last night around 2200. They were told to drive to the fire, no stopping -- IMMEDIATE NEED! They were unsure but it sounded like a possiblity that they could be placed on the line upon arrival. Possibly a 24 hour shift!! Yikes, hope they are careful!!
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