Photo Gallery of the Mill Fire by Brendon Shave

Taken between 5:30 and 6 pm from Prewitt Ridge. Some amazing shots you will not want to miss.

I will be adding more photos to this post this evening. This new format makes me do them one-at-a-time, so more to come. The photo above is probably my favorite. It just says so much!

Fire on Nacimiento — Mill Fire

7 pm — from Ashley Seefeldt

Photo by Ashley Seefeldt

6:20 pm — AA reports fire is now 200-250 acres after a slop-over & the fire is now making a run to the east, potential for 1000 acres. T-911 is on the way from McClellan. Just to recap assigned aircraft.
currently 2 AA’s have been assigned today.
2 leads have also been swapping shifts today.
Helicopter 527, 528, 530, 406 (back from the maintenance issue)
Type 1 copters: 95B, FTX
8 Tankers assigned:
T-10, 12, 74, 75, 79, 80, 82, 911

Another view of Mill Fire by Geri Kavanagh-Baird

5 pm…fire just picked up again…helicopters and planes are both flying it.

Mill Fire, 7/30/19, 5 pm, photo by bigsurkate
Mill Fire, 7/30/19, 5 pm, photo by bigsurkate

Los Padres NF (LosPadresNF)

#MillFire has burned approximately 50 acres on the Nacimiento-Fergusson Rd about 3-5 miles above Highway 1. @LosPadresNF has initiated a full response to include air resources. Nac-Ferg Rd is closed in both directions to allow fire equipment to safely navigate the road.3:12 PM – 30 Jul 2019

I also read that the fire had hooked around retardant lines, so going indirect.

2 pm – photo from Alms Ridge by Tom Collins

1:20 pm — just went off again. The first one is from the Hermitage side, the second from mine.

From Hermitage, photo by Brendon Shave

12:38 pm — the fire column has flattened out, now, and is looking pretty good. The aircraft were flying it on all sides, so it is probably surrounded by retardant. They are continuing to fly. I think my DSLR internal clock has not been reset to PDT, so subtract an hour from the first 2 photos., below. The others shot with cell, so they are golden.

Mill Fire, 7/30/19 @ 12:30 pm — photo by bigsurkate
Mill Fire, 7/30/19 @ 12:30 pm — photo by bigsurkate

More photos. That plume is growing as I watch.

Mill Fire, 7/30/19 at 11:15 am, photo by bigsurkate
Mill Fire, 7/30/19 at 11:15 am, photo by bigsurkate
Mill Fire, 7/30/19 at 11:15 am, photo by bigsurkate

Well, we made the GOES satellite:

Mill Fire from bigsurkate’s, photo by bigsurkate (taken at 10:45 am)

10:30 am — here are 2 current photos. One from Lucia, the other from Coastlands. Top one by Ashley Seefeldt, Lucia; and bottom one by Nadine Clark, Coastlands.

Mill Fire from Lucia by Ashley Seefeldt
Mill Fire from Coastlands by Nadine Clark

9 am — Nacimiento-Fergusson Road is now closed at Highway 1 and at FHL. Copter 406 says it is 20 acres. Helios sent back due to smoke


9:00 AM
13[18] FORT HUNTER LIGGETT INQ IF WE HAVE UNITS CLOSING DOWN RDWY ADV NEG THAT SO IS OUT THERE BUT CHP HAS BEEN REQ
8:54 AM12[17] NACIMENTO FURGESON IS CLOSED FROM SR1
8:54 AM11[16] [Notification] [CHP]-PER MTRY COM FIRE NOW CALLED THE MILL FIRE / 5 MILES UP NACIMENTO FERGUSON FROM SR1 / REQ CHP TO RELIEVE SO UNIT AT SR1 AND NACIMENTO FERGUSON / 10 PLUS ACRES AT THIS TIME / REQ CHP TO CB TO ADV THEM WHEN CHP IS ON THE WAY

From Lucia & Ashley Seefeldt:

8:30 am — Nacimiento-Ferguson Road CLOSED per request of the Incident Commander for the Mill Fire until further notice. For more info call the Los Padres National Forest: 805-961-5770. (this is per FHL)

Tanker 75 on its way! YAY Can hear both the plane and the helicopter.

8:00 am — current photo:

7:45 am — from CHP:

7: 37 AM9[14] [Notification] [CHP]-DOT COPY LN 13
7:37 AM8[13] REQ CAL TRANS AT NACIMENTO FERGUSON AND CENTRAL COAST RD / REQ A RUBBER TIRE LOADER
7:36 AM7[12] 1039 SAL REF LINE 11
7:34 AM6[11] PER CAL TRANS ENRT IN 5 MINS FROM WILLOW SPRINGS YARD
7:21 AM5[10] 1039 CALT, THEY WILL CK W/ THEIR SUP AND ADV
7:19 AM4[9] PER SAL, LOS PADRES FIRE REQ A RUBBER TIRE LOADER, PER CORDS TO SAL THEY NEED A OES # 1ST, PER SAL, CAN WE CK W/ CALT IN THAT AREA AND SEE IF THEY HAVE THE EQP

7:30 am — view from a neighbor:

6:30 am — Many notices this am from neighbors. This is what it looks like. It is at or near Lions Creek. This is real. East side of Naci, headed north, it looks like.

Recent Incidents (Prepared 07/30/2019 06:35)
DateInc #NameTypeLocationWebCommentResourcesICFuelsAcresLat/LonTRSStatus
07/30/2019 05:36LPF-1678
MILLWildfireKirk Creek at Hwy. 1.BC11LPF E18LPF E319LPF HEL527LPF PAT17LPF Q..135 59.310, -121 29.77222S R4E Sec 26.