Three helicopters are looping to the ocean and back up to the fire. They are coming down over Highlands Ridge, right over my house in the canyon and picking up water at Oystercatcher Pt, Potter’s beach and Gamboa Pt. Then flying up Vicente Canyon. They come over about every 8-10 minutes.
Inciweb is reporting they have clearance to extend the dozer line up past their medivac site (on map below) and put a hand line to Twin Peak. Today’s map shows them as proposed lines. I am going up there now to see what I can see.
This afternoon I watched the crews and helicopters put out the slop overs that entered the very top of Vicente Creek from the fire break. Bulldozers continued uphill though. Lots of smoke and active burning close to the fuel break. Also watched aircraft lay down retardant on “Gamboa Ridge”.
Here’s what it looked like. Pretty ominous.
This morning, October 22, the backfire from the bottom of West fork Limekiln ran up the north side of the foot of the ridge separating it from Limekiln Creek. From Sand Dollar I witnessed 200 foot flames and a 5000 foot swirling smoke column.
Today I looked again over Vicente Creek from the top of the Reserve and it was nearly clear. Helicopters seemed to be putting out hot spots in the interior within the bowl of west fork limekiln creek. I could see all the way to Twin Peak and did not witness any rising smoke along the ridge.
Looking good. Thank you firefighters!
New perimeter map for Oct. 22 morning.