Some say the helicopters and planes flying high above the Goose Fire are like guardian angels, protecting people and homes from destruction.
“It’s unsettling, you worry about your neighbors,” said Shane Mascherina, who lives close to the where the fire was burning Monday.
Mascherina has been watching the fire move.
“It came over last night, and dropped down a lot closer than I thought it would,” he said.
Monday, crews from around the state moved in close, too.
“Paying attention to the heat, acknowledging that there’s very steep country out there,” Cal Fire’s Johnny Miller said. “And that we need to pay close attention to any additional dangers, such as rocks, falling rocks.”
Dozers and hand crews strengthened lines.
Officials say, containment’s increasing, but it’s been a slow process, the burn area is ragged.
“It has pockets of green and burn to where the crews, instead of going right on the fire’s edge in a line, they may have to go around this finger,” Miller said. “That could take time, labor intensive.”
Still, crews are working, under constant air support.
At least 300 people have been evacuated.
Cal Fire says, 400 structures are threatened.
About 15 people are still sleeping at this Red Cross shelter at Foothill Elementary.
Neighbors like Mascherina say, they’ve seen black smoke. He worries it’s homes.
“Best case scenario, you know, a barn or something.”
If that’s the case, he says, the community will always be there to help.
Those burned homes and outbuildings were discovered by private damage assessment teams.
Officials say, those teams will also be out tomorrow looking for more burned structures and making sure it’s safe before any homeowners are allowed back into the area.
Reporting in Tollhouse, Megan Rupe.