2000 Harris Fire Anniversary
Friday, 13 September 2019
Vandenberg Air Force Base - Santa Barbara County
The Harris Fire began on September 13, 2000, off Harris Grade Road in the Lompoc Oilfield as a result of an electrical fire involving inadequate brush clearance and pushed by unusual southeast winds drove the fire onto the post of Vandenberg Air Force Base and down into Santa Antonio Valley and fatefully into Barka Slough which features a peat bog. This bog feature proceeded to catch fire and burn for the next year and frantic efforts failed to quench the malodorous smoky bog fire for several months. Large monitors/water cannons were brought in and over additional months finally quenched the fire. 9,700 acres were charred.