Day Fire Burns On

The Day Fire is now advancing slowly but surely towards our home in Upper Ojai on two fronts.

From the north, over the Topa Topas (6600 feet high) and from the east, up Santa Paula canyon. The eastern firefront is much more likely to cause us harm, because it’s more likely to be driven by Santa Ana winds. The fire began three weeks ago, and we’ve been threatened now for two weeks. This takes a toll emotionally; frankly, we’re all sick of it. Again area residents have been advised to evacuate, although few have, because the slow-moving fire isn’t likely to kill, and because literally thousands of firefighters, with engines, hand-crews, and air support have moved in and occupied the area. Here’s a picture of what it looked like yesterday evening, courtesy of the Ventura County Fire Department. It looks less threatening now.


Published by Kit Stolz

I'm a freelance reporter and writer based in Ventura County.

2 thoughts on “Day Fire Burns On

  1. Hi Kit,

    Great website!

    I’ve been following the fire for weeks. Looks like we’re in for a wild time this winter if the El nino materializes – the burn area is so big the runoff could be “geologic” in scope. From our viewpoint in Newbury Park it looked better this morning, we could see flames on the ridgetops last night. Another site I’ve found helpful is:
    click the regional maps tab, and then the California-Nevada map – it’s a satellite based system (“modis”)for tracking fires and gets updated throughout the day.

    Hang in there, I know the smoke and worry can be maddening.




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