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Fire crews open a second incident base at the Santa Maria Speedway in Nipomo for the Lake Fire

NIPOMO, Calif. — Fire crews moved into a second base today at the Santa Maria Speedway in Nipomo to house hundreds of firefighters battling the Lake Fire.

There are now 3,229 firefighters working 24 hours a day to help contain the fire in the Santa Ynez Valley that began a week ago.

The Lake Fire has burned 34,015 acres and is 16% contained as of Thursday.

Santa Barbara County Fire Department’s Public Information Officer Scott Safechuck said to stay proactive firefighters are coming from across California and out of state.

Firecrews head back to base after a long shift in the steep terrain where they can eat, hydrate, shower, and sleep.

Overnight the fire grew 4,000 acres, fire officials said it was due to wind conditions and efforts from fire crews.

“We had favorable wind. We had favorable fuel conditions with light, flashy grassy fuels and annual grass. And we were able to, do a coordinated effort of lighting that grass on fire, pushing that fire back into the main, the main fire and really starting to secure that area. There was a great effort,” said Safechuck.

Safechuck said the fire is being divided by two zones and is assigned to different agencies to help work more strategically.

“The fire has been divided into a north zone and a south zone, and it allows us to be really effective in the way that we manages or manage our resources. So we have kind of more of a federal resource, more federal resources in the north end of the fire and more state and local resources on the south end of the fire. And we’re working together to to battle this fire,” said Safechuck.

Fire officials continue to encourage people to sign up for alerts on readysbc.org, follow evacuation orders and prepare to leave when you receive a warning.

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Excessive Heat Warning issued July 11 at 8:38PM PDT until July 13 at 9:00PM PDT by NWS Los Angeles/Oxnard CA

* WHAT…Dangerously hot conditions with high temperatures of 102 to
112 degrees, and very warm nights.

* WHERE…A portion of southwest California.

* WHEN…Until 9 PM PDT Saturday.

* IMPACTS…There is a high risk for dangerous heat illness for
anyone, especially for the very young, the very old, those without
air conditioning, and those active outdoors.

Lake Fire in Santa Barbara County grows to 34,000 acres

By JOSH FRIEDMAN The Lake Fire, burning in northern Santa Barbara County, has grown to slightly more than 34,000 acres. As of Thursday morning, the blaze has burned 34,015 acres and is 16% contained, according to the Santa Barbara County Fire Department.  The fire burned a little more than 4,000 acres over the 24-hour period […]

Fire crews put out small vegetation fire near Men’s Colony and solar farm northwest of SLO Thursday

SAN LUIS OBISPO COUNTY, Calif. – Fire crews responded to a small vegetation fire near the Gold Tree Solar Farm and California Men’s Colony northwest of San Luis Obispo Thursday.

According to the San Luis Obispo County Fire Department, forward progress of the fire was stopped around 11:53 p.m. and the fire was held to under an acre.

No injuries or damage to nearby structures were reported as part of the response shared the San Luis Obispo County Fire Department.

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Excessive Heat Warning issued July 11 at 3:00AM PDT until July 13 at 9:00PM PDT by NWS Los Angeles/Oxnard CA

* WHAT…Dangerously hot conditions with high temperatures of 102 to
112 degrees, and very warm nights.

* WHERE…A portion of southwest California.

* WHEN…Until 9 PM PDT Saturday.

* IMPACTS…There is a high risk for dangerous heat illness for
anyone, especially for the very young, the very old, those without
air conditioning, and those active outdoors.