Ojai personnel helping with Sobranes Fire.

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Photo courtesy of USFS

A pile of handmade signs, made by residnets near the Sobranes Fire, show their gratitude towards the firefighters.

Perry Van Houten, Ojai Valley News correspondent

U.S. Forest Service (USFS) personnel based at the Ojai Ranger District (ORD) headquarters in Ojai have traveled north to assist more than 1,300 firefighters battling a massive wildfire in the Big Sur area of Monterey County.

The Sobranes Fire broke out July 22 in the Ventana Wilderness of the Los Padres National Forest. The fire was caused by an illegal and unattended campfire, and has burned more than 107,000 acres in steep, rugged and inaccessible terrain.

ORD Wilderness Trails-Manager Heidi Anderson has been on scene since Sept. 5, working as a fire information officer trainee. Meanwhile, Jonathan “Yanni” Schwartz has been on the fire for more than two weeks, serving as a field-going resource advisor and burned area emergency response (BAER) member.

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