Saturday, August 15, 2015

[californiadisasters] 1996 Highway 58 Fire, Saturday, 15 August 2015

"1996 Highway 58 Fire" reminder
Saturday, 15 August 2015
11:00 PM to 11:00 PM
(GMT) Greenwich Mean Time - Dublin / Edinburgh / Lisbon / London
San Luis Obispo County - Los Padres National Forest
At about this time in 1996 a tenant of Black Mountain RV Park off of Highway 58 in San Luis Obispo County started up the engine of an old International Harvester parked in tall dry grass at the behest of the trailer park manager who wanted it moved. The ensuing week-long fire which occurred during a state-wide fire siege burned into the Los Padres National Forest within a day or so and went on to burn over Black Mountain and burn out the Machesna Wilderness Area. A total of 106,668 acres were burned along with 12 homes.
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