NorCal Tom posted the Loma Fire website link on theysaid.
They’re predicting it might be contained by Saturday the 20th, but I don’t know. It’s warm and windy today, ripe conditions for aggressive fire behavior and spread. It hits the wilderness and a whole new set of rules (MIST) will come into play. Last year we didn’t get rains until sometime in Oct. In 99 the Big Bar Fire, in the same area slightly west of the Loma Fire, didn’t get contained until it rained on Nov 5 or 6. Firefighters are trying, but you never know. The terrain is vertical especially in French and Little French Creek canyons.
Some years it doesn’t rain until Thanksgiving. We can hope, but your SO might not be back all that soon… If the fire goes on for a bit, come visit the Shasta T and Five Waters. We could join the parade of Lookie Loos driving down Hwy 299 (just kidding). People do like to drive and gawk. Why do we all have such fascination with fire?
Wow, they used a combination of 7 helicopters and 5 airtankers yesterday, today I heard they had 8 helicopters but heard nothing about ATs. Forgot to ask.
Today they have 15 type 1 crews, 14 type 2 crews, 12 engines and a strike team of engines and other resources, 480 personnel, getting up there in numbers.
Photos of the beginning of the fire on Fire 19, taken by a couple of youngsters in our family trying to make it home.