The night before flames had roared down into Upper Oso Canyon, threatening the campground, and in the process opening up a whole new front on the fire line. When the fire was moving west it was primarily moving into the backcountry and away from the type of multi-billion-dollar values at risk that would be in play if the fire were to cross the Santa Ynez River north of Santa Barbara.
On Sunday morning the situation looked grim. Several towering columns of smoke and flame were well established at lest a half mile west of Oso Canyon. By late morning the columns had joined together, forming a miles-long front that was burning intensely in Camuesa Canyon and along the ridgeline immediately above the river. It appeared the front would reach it in the vicinity of Gibraltar Dam within an hour or two.
Then about 1PM the wind shifted and what had been pushing the fire east began to turn the fire north and back to the west. An hour later me might have been reporting that Santa Barbara was in immediate danger. We got lucky that day.