NEW EVACUATION ORDER FOR WESTERN GOLETA

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Update by Santa Barbara County Sheriff
 4:15 p.m., July 14, 2017

 

(GOLETA, CA) - Under the advice of Whittier Fire Incident Commanders, the Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s office has issued an additionalEvacuation Order for areas in the Santa Barbara front Country.

Effective immediately the following areas are under an Evacuation Order:

  • Paradise Canyon Road from Highway 154 east to the first river crossing is now under an Evacuation Order

Reiteration:

  • West Camino Cielo at Highway 154 to Winchester Gun Club and Kinevan Road remains under an Evacuation Order
  • Rosario Park and all of Stagecoach Road are under an Evacuation Order

Clarification:

  • Farren Road and Las Varas Canyon Road are included in the Evacuation Order area issued today, 7/14/17, at 11:00 a.m.
  • Highway 101 remains open

The weather pattern is changing and the fire, burning actively, is highly visible in many areas. There are several reports of motorists stopping on roads and highways to view the fire. The increased traffic on Highway 101 due to the closure of Highway 154 and the slowing due to motorists looking at the fire is causing significant delays. Please avoid northbound Highway 101 if possible. 

The American Red Cross is operating an evacuation center located at San Marcos High School, 4750 Hollister Avenue, Goleta, CA. This center will accept small pets for those who are residing there. The Santa Barbara Humane Society is also available to assist evacuees with small animals.

For large animal evacuations, call the Animal Services Hotline (805) 681-4332. Large animals are being accepted at Earl Warren Show Grounds. Coordinate through the hotline. 

Comprehensive information regarding the Whittier Fire can be found at https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/5339/

Update by Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office
12:20 p.m., July 14, 2017

 

Under the advice of Whittier Fire Incident Commanders, the Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s office has issued an Evacuation Order for areas in the Santa Barbara front Country.

Effective immediately the following areas are an Evacuation Order:

  • 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 Rd on the east to El Capitan Ranch Road on the west.

The Whittier fire has been backing slowly down the south slope of the Santa Ynez Mountains above the canyons west of Goleta. With the potential of sundowner winds in the forecast, fire managers will be moving fire apparatus and crews into the area. They will continue to improve and staff the fuel break constructed above properties in the new evacuation area. Additional resources are on scene to assist in the fire fight. 

The American Red Cross is operating an evacuation center located at San Marcos High School, 4750 Hollister Avenue, Goleta, CA. This center will accept small pets for those who are residing there. The Santa Barbara Humane Society is also available to assist evacuees with small animals.

For large animal evacuations, call the Animal Services Hotline (805) 681-4332. Large animals are being accepted at Earl Warren Show Grounds. Coordinate through the hotline.

9:30 a.m. Update

The fire has burned 13,199 acres and is 52% contained. 1240 personnel are assigned to the incident and a large number of additional resources arrived this morning and have been deployed.  The fire increased in activity overnight, particularly Gato and Dos Pueblos Canyons on the coastal side of the Santa Ynez mountains, with flare-ups visible from several areas of Goleta.  Smoke and aircraft will continue to be visible in the Goleta and Santa Barbara areas this afternoon. Sundowner winds are expected to produce gusts of up to 25-20 mps  In addition the temperature is expected to increase this weekend and neither of those conditions are helpful for firefighting efforts.

EVACUATION ORDERS/WARNINGS:

  • Evacuation Order: Hwy 154 from Armour Ranch Road on west to Paradise Road on East. W. Camino Cielo from Winchester Gun Club east to Hwy 154.
  • Evacuation Order: Kinevan Road
  • Evacuation Warning: Farren Road
  • Evacuation Warning: Las Varas Canyon east  to Winchester Canyon, and from Hwy 101 (north side) to West Camino Cielo

For the latest information on the Whittier Fire, visit www.countyofsb.org and https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5339/.

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justabrain Jul 15, 2017 03:08 PM
NEW EVACUATION ORDER FOR WESTERN GOLETA

Evacuation Map: Someone is listening. Thank you! This is the latest from the county site as of 3:07PM, 07/15/2017: http://www.countyofsb.org/uploadedFiles/countyofsb/Content/Emergencies/WhittierFireEvacuationWithParcels.pdf You cannot underestimate the power of visual display for things like this. We get lost in the words, but this is so much clearer. Time-stamped description and a map combo is the best. A version number #1, #2, .. in sync with evacuation order number would be ideal.

Robby Jul 15, 2017 09:55 AM
NEW EVACUATION ORDER FOR WESTERN GOLETA

I'll jump on the pile of folks who are unhappy with the way that communications are coming from fire management on down to local citizens. We are hungry for current information, not stale news. That is inexcusable in this day and age. The CalFire and County FD have access to the information as it develops, so why can't a fulltime person be tasked with gathering and delivering that info to the public? At least every hour or two.. not once or twice per day. And EVERY post should begin with the date and time stamp so we can sort through what is current. No need to interrupt the captain or firefighters from their work- just dedicate the job to an info person. Current MAPS are indispensable and seem to be rare. Why not have a standing map view we can all access that gets updated several times per day? How hard can it be? We residents need this information and are frustrated at the difficulty and patchwork of news sources in this and previous fires. Hopefully the responsible organizations will fix this problem, as it is real and quite irritating.

justabrain Jul 15, 2017 07:33 AM
NEW EVACUATION ORDER FOR WESTERN GOLETA

Thank you all for voicing your sentiment. Effective communication is paramount importance in such emergency situations. I suggest the evacuation order is numbered, Order #1, Order #2, ... if there is new additions with a systematic time stamp of each release. That can help folks from digging around to see what's new. It is absolutely not easy with the way it is to find out what's most up to date. With a dozen street names describing an area for evacuation, it takes time for figure out precisely where. A map is super useful and direct. With current technology (hardware and human), none of these should be hard, I think. It needs the message passed and heard. Please pass along to the folks in the communication department. We are NOT prepared for the BIG ONE: that'll bring along large scale power outage, fire, traffic jam, some communication knockout, water shortage, ..... Hope it never happens.

a-1571370514 Jul 15, 2017 03:52 AM
NEW EVACUATION ORDER FOR WESTERN GOLETA

(805) 562-1236, (805) 562-1237 were added last night to the (805) 699-6451 for people who want to ask questions about the Whittier Fire. I called Friday morning, and talked to a S.B. County Fire Department Captain who answered all my questions. We now have THREE phone numbers! Very direct and immediate. Thank you S.B. County! Also, I went to Costco to the Whittier Fire Information Center out front, and a Captain of the Fire Department (in fact two fire professionals were there) answering questions, and showing the map of new evacuations that had been announced at 11 a.m. I was there at 11:30 a.m., and people were coming out of Costco to the Information Center directly, after having received their Evacuation Order alerts on their cellphones. Mandatory Evacuation Order, all the way down to the #101, from Winchester Canyon, westward- shocking and sudden. Before I arrived Costco, I saw the parking lot across from the Marketplace movie theaters and Sheriff's substation was roped off, the WHOLE parking lot, and was empty. Guess they were planning ahead for emergency vehicles? This was all before noon on Friday.

John Wiley Jul 15, 2017 02:10 AM
NEW EVACUATION ORDER FOR WESTERN GOLETA

I've just posted some info gathered online from various sources on SBitZ.NET including a rough map of what I guess is the new evacuation area described in the Friday night update.

woodruff Jul 15, 2017 01:10 AM
NEW EVACUATION ORDER FOR WESTERN GOLETA

Fire coverage can be so annoying in its search for headlines. During the past couple of days, there have been a lot of stories featuring warnings about dangerous 'sundowner winds,' ignoring the fact that KEYT's news guy has repeated stated that while some winds are possible, the current situation features only slight winds, plus high humidity and low temperatures (anybody noticed that it's actually kind of chilly?), none of which favor the spread of fires. I live near the foot of old San Marcos Pass, a veritable wind tunnel, and for the last two days, in spite of the media's trumpeting about 'sundowner winds,' we have had scarcely a breeze in an area where we have wind that can pick up outdoor furniture and toss it into Ventura county!

Middle Ground Jul 14, 2017 11:06 PM
NEW EVACUATION ORDER FOR WESTERN GOLETA

I agree, I don't really understand written evacuation orders or why any agency would put it in that format. I think everyone understands a map. The City of Goleta email updates are just text. SB Independent had a map up earlier, but someone quickly pointed out that it was wrong and they just took it down completely. Nuts.

justabrain Jul 14, 2017 10:10 PM
NEW EVACUATION ORDER FOR WESTERN GOLETA

Ok. After a closer look, it appears there are no additional new evacuation areas since the last one of Winchester Canyon area. But don't bet on my reading. That's a lot of reading and deciphering of the streets across several sites, including all "clarifications" and "reiterations". I still cannot find a good map with the areas marked clearly. Anyone can point me to the right link? Is it too much to ask for? A MAP OF EVACUATED AREAS? None of the sites I saw had a linked one at an obvious place.

justabrain Jul 14, 2017 06:25 PM
NEW EVACUATION ORDER FOR WESTERN GOLETA

Thank you firefighters for keeping this fire down! But the communication of the progress, evacuation and details of areas are not as clear, timely (sometimes) as they should be. This occurs not just this time. As far as I can remember, this has been a obvious weakness in the past fires in the area as well. I have to dig around for a simple map of the evacuation area. That may not be up to date either. It is puzzling that among several country & fire agencies why we cannot have a precise, up-to-date, more complete information at one or two web places linked to each other. I don't understand how hard that can be. If one or two people devoted to that information release, it'll save thousands of people's time, efforts to dig around, calling 911 numbers unnecessarily, and in the end wasting time of crucial fire-fighting resources. It isn't like we are doing this the 1st time. It is an inexcusable omission of the emergency response. Lets face it, just inexcusable. Now think about the BIG ONE and other response.

justabrain Jul 14, 2017 09:52 PM
NEW EVACUATION ORDER FOR WESTERN GOLETA

The newest example: County web http://www.countyofsb.org/ listed evac areas updated at 3:30PM (if you pay attention to the time). IF you click "additional info" link, its another same thing but with a link to IncWeb's latest update. Then, you go there and wow ... there is a new evacuation order with additional areas updated .... 1:44HR ago. Lets see that's about 8PM today. However, on the right side of that page, "Recent articles", the 1st one is:" Expanded Evacuation orders for the Whittier Fire". That was from 6 hours ago. Of course, county's twitter link failed (no tweets). Keyt site got no new updates for almost a day. TV? Maybe no signal. I only have an antenna. Confusing? You bet. Do something about it, please!!

a-1571370514 Jul 14, 2017 08:18 PM
NEW EVACUATION ORDER FOR WESTERN GOLETA

Agreed! It's such a scary fire and we aren't getting enough info or frequent enough updates. I keep looking on all the local news sites and there isn't squat, it makes me anxious! Just can look at the sky and see scary things. The fire fighters are amazing, it's the news folks and they mayors that I'm upset with, they should be keeping us informed so people don't feel like they have to go look to find out. I really want to find a spot and watch so I can know what's going on but I don't want to expose myself to the hazards (being in the way, ash, smoke, traffic, fines, etc.) I would really like more frequent updates, so stressful not knowing!

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