From Scott Bogen:
I think it is important to keep in mind how crucial this mop up effort is. Even a small wind event could cause a small smouldering area to ignite.
There are a number of hot spots that keep burning. It is whack-a-mole by helicopter. Thos guys are really good. I watched one circle a few times and hit the spot dead on. I talked to one of the pilots the other day, Dennis Smith from the Hollister Hellcats. Super nice guy. All of their drops are visual. They do not use any nor do they have heat sensing equipment. They will be starting to fly at night perhaps late spring and their night vision goggles will provide some heat sensing. That will be brilliant when they do start flying at night. Though they wouldn’t have been able to for the start of this fire due to high winds.
My guess on filling up there, versus ocean, is to keep clear of PG&E helicopter.
The current forecast has no rain through the end of the first week of February. There is a possibility of off-shore winds next week. With that said, we need to be vigilant as this fire will not truly be over until we have some good soaking rains. If you see something flare up, especially night owls, please call 911 asap and report.
Crossing fingers for some good soaking rains soon but no downpours.
From Mike Doig:
From Martha Diehl: ”we had heat under the redwoods by the creek just west of Hainses yesterday; hand crews were accessing from above & below, plan at that time was for helicopter to deliver pump for creek.”
From Cal Fire, official info: