SR-154 Now Open

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Update by Caltrans
12:28 p.m., July 17, 2017

State Route 154 is now open to motorists following a closure due to a brush fire. Motorists can now travel unrestricted between US Highway 101 near Los Olivos and US Highway 101 in Santa Barbara.

Motorists traveling the length of State Route 154 should be aware of the movement of fire trucks and other emergency equipment being transported in support of the fire suppression efforts. Motorists should adhere to safe driving practices and allow for the safe passage of emergency vehicles traveling along and to/from State Route 154 in support of this incident.

Source: Santa Barbara County
5:00 p.m., July 16, 2017

After eight days of closure due to the Whittier Fire, the Highway 154 corridor is now open. The highway was closed Sunday, July 8, after the Whittier Fire erupted near Lake Cachuma and burned on both sides of the highway. 

Firefighters have spent several days mopping-up hot spots and removing hazards such as rocks and fire-damaged trees. The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans), and Pacific Gas and Electric (PG&E) both mobilized quickly and have completed necessary repairs to the roadway and power lines. 

Effective immediately the following closure has been lifted:

The following Evacuation Orders have beenreduced to an Evacuation Warning:

  • Paradise Road, from Highway 154 to the first river crossing.
  • Cachuma Village

The following Evacuation Orders remain valid:

  • West Camino Cielo at Highway 154 to Winchester Gun Club and Kinevan Road
  • Rosario Park and all of Stagecoach Road
  • All of Winchester Canyon Road excluding the community of Wagon Wheel, Langlo Ranch Road and Winchester Commons, west to El Capitan Ranch Road
  • Calle Real north to West Camino Cielo, from Winchester Canyon Road on the east to El Capitan Ranch Road on the west. This includes all roads and trails within the area of the order

Motorists travelling in the area are urged to drive with caution, focus on the roadway and not pull over along the shoulder to view the fire area. CHP and other law enforcement agencies are patrolling the area to protect the safety of motorists and fire personnel working near the highway.

The Whittier Fire will continue to smolder for some time. These “smokers” are well inside the perimeter of the burn and do not pose a threat to the fireline.  

Area residents who need assistance returning large animals to their properties are requested to call the Animal Services Hotline: (805) 681-4332.

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therealbebe Jul 17, 2017 01:51 PM
SR-154 Now Open

Not a big deal. There are fire crews but they are mopping up off the roads. Most of what's still happening is happening from the air. The fire is no longer anywhere near the road. My biggest question is why they would be paving and stopping traffic in each direction again while crews are still working?

janet8 Jul 16, 2017 07:39 PM
SR-154 Now Open

Kind of 50 50 pro and con . The mother hen in me says if you're going to go don't forget your sweater while the other me says .we are Americas . What could possibly go wrong ?

janet8 Jul 16, 2017 07:27 PM
SR-154 Now Open

WTF ? When I learned about this decision a few hours ago I was going to post with an objection and suggest waiting untill dawn. Hearing the all clear sirens now at 101 / 154. God speed.

MountainMan4865 Jul 16, 2017 07:10 PM
SR-154 Now Open

I think this is a bad idea, considering how many people have come through the closure anyway to look at the fire.

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