In 2005 I reported that the ground temperatures at the Los Padres National Forest measured at over 500 degrees.
As of 2008, the ground temperatures at LPNF measured at over 800 degrees. See Ventura County Star article.
There is also a 3000 acre oil field located there!
At this moment over 30,000 have been evacuated. Is there a possibility this area could blow? I have found that the oil fields don't seem to be near the area effected at this time, however, could it be possible these Santa Barbara fires are also being created by extremely high ground temperatures?
"THE AREA SMELLS LIKE A FUEL YARD!!!!"
MORE NATURAL GAS LEAKS IN THE NEWS TODAY:
Scientists found evidence of intense volcanic activity - including tremors, pools of lava and plumes of smoke - at two volcanoes near a major city in eastern Congo, and said some residents had fled for fear of an eruption.
The volcanoes in the central African nation could be about to erupt, threatening Goma, which has a population of more than half a million people, scientists said Thursday. They made their observations on visits to the two volcanic peaks of Nyiragongo and Nyamulagira.
"The eruption could be tomorrow, or the day after - or at any other time," said Dieudonne Wafula, the head of Goma's Volcanological Observatory.
The Nyiragongo crater is only 11 miles (18 kilometers) north of Lake Kivu, where Goma is located. Wafula estimates that 1.3 million people are threatened by the two volcanoes, including the residents of Goma, the villages surrounding it and the inhabitants of Gisenyi, located across the Rwandan border.
"The villagers living near Nyiragongo have already left their villages after they saw the volcano shake today. They thought it was already erupting," Wafula said.
He said government agencies and Red Cross workers were making preparations, although the country's infrastructure has been destroyed by decades of civil war.
Nyiragongo is listed as one of the eight most dangerous volcanoes in the world and its lava can flow at up to 24 miles (40 kilometers) per hour, according to Wafula. Source