The North Pacific Forestry crew from Salem, Oregon stopped in Oak View for lunch Monday before heading back out to monitor and report on the progress of the fire as it travels east through the Los Padres National Forest toward Ventura County. The plume from the fire can be seen just above their heads in the center of the picture.
The Rey Fire, located just north of Santa Barbara, has consumed approximately 30,000 acres and is 30% contained as of August 23 per the incident report on InciWeb: http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4971/.
Currently there are 1,428 personnel assigned to the fire comprised of 42 hand crews, 14 helicopters, 51 engines, 21 dozers, 29 water tenders, 6 air tankers, and 2 VLATs (Very Large Air Tankers).
The fire started Thursday, August 18th, at approximately 3:15pm, near the White Rock Day Use Picnic Area in the Los Padres National Forest. The cause is currently under investigation.
The estimated containment date is Wednesday, August 31st, and Level Four Fire restrictions remain in effect for the Los Padres National Forest.
For more information about the Rey Fire:
Call (805) 364-2738
Large animal evacuation (805) 681-4332.
Twitter: @lospadresnf sbcfireinfo@eliasonmike