After burning through a month’s time, 259 square miles and over seventy million dollars, the Day Fire is history. Crews are heading home, scientists are assessing the damage, and homeowners in this area are heaving a big sigh of relief.
What put the fire out? Not the thousands of firefighters, the countless helicopters, engines, and water trucks, the air tankers, or even the DC-10. It was a change in the weather. A tenth of an inch of rain, to be precise.
But interestingly, this fire at this time–although human-caused–might possibly have been a good thing. Better now than during a full-blown Santa Ana, when it could have become uncontrollable. Plus, according to the above Ventura County Star report, few wildlife deaths have been reported.
My favorite story on the piece came from NPR’s Mandalit del Barco, who found not only color that other reporters didn’t (pictures of exotic cats being relocated) but humor (the firefighters’ name for the blaze, which was the Day After Day After Day Fire).
I plan to go into the Sespe wilderness this December, through which the fire burned, to get a picture of what the aftermath looks like.
For now, one last picture from InciWeb, of the fire in all its glory: