SANTA BARBARA FIRES – WIKI EXCERPT
Several destructive fires affected Santa Barbara during this time: the 1964 Coyote Fire, which burned 67,000 acres (270 km2) of backcountry along with 106 homes; the smaller, but quickly moving, Sycamore Fire in 1977, which burned 200 homes; the disastrous 1990 Painted Cave Fire, which incinerated over 500 homes in only several hours, during an intense Sundowner wind event; the November 2008 Tea Fire, which destroyed 210 homes in the foothills of Santa Barbara and Montecito; and the 2009 Jesusita Fire that burned 8,733 acres (35.34 km2) and destroyed 160 homes above the San Roque region of Santa Barbara.
- Jesusita Fire, Santa Barbara County, California, USA includes boundaries for Gap and Tea fires – Google Maps
- Jesusita Fire – Santa Barbara County
- Zaca Lake California Fire Footprint – Google Maps
- Zaca Fire Maps – CalFire
In order to quantify the effects of fire temperature on soil temperature, soil and water scientist Cathelijne Stoof and her colleagues torched a 22-acre watershed in Portugal. Their research yielded a counterintuitive result: Large, hot fires do not necessarily beget hot, scorched soil. Read the complete press release here: