••• “The wind-driven Alisal Fire grew to more than 15,000 acres on Wednesday, and a federal Type 1 incident management team will take over operational control of the firefighting effort at 7 p.m., according to the Santa Barbara County Fire Department. The rapidly burning blaze had charred 15,442 acres as of 1 p.m., and containment remained at only 5%. […] ‘It took about three hours for the fire to go from Camino Cielo down to the beach at Tajiguas,'” said Jimmy Harris, Los Padres National Forest Fire Chief. —Noozhawk (photo courtesy Santa Barbara County Fire)
••• Noozhawk has a photo gallery of the fire and effort to fight it.
••• Here’s the county’s map of the latest evacuation order and warnings, including one for Hollister Ranch (screenshot at right).
••• And air quality is worsening; here are county numbers and a map with updated data. —Edhat
••• The Independent endorsed the three incumbents—Friedman, Sneddon, and Harmon—in this year’s city council elections.
••• From a city press release on Edhat: “The Arroyo Burro Open Space Restoration and Trail Improvement Project, which began in June of this year, is nearly complete. The project includes restoration along Arroyo Burro and the Campanil drainage, creation of formal trail routes, and the installation of a pedestrian bridge across Arroyo Burro from Las Positas Road into the park. […] It is expected that construction of the project will start up again next month and be complete in early December, with final landscaping complete around the end of the year. The completed trails are now open to the public.”
••• Do good intentions make for good laws? That’s the question raised by KCRA‘s roundup of new state laws recently signed by Governor Newsom, including: “California law requires gender-neutral area in some stores” and “it’s now illegal to remove a condom without consent.” How on earth do you prove that second one?
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Could we petition to have jackass free zones? Thx!