Whittier Fire Determined to be Caused by a Vehicle

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(Photo: Mike Eliason / SBCFD)

Source: Los Padres National Forest

Los Padres National Forest officials today announced the investigation into the cause of the Whittier Fire has been completed. The investigation determined that a passenger vehicle driving through tall grass on the hillside above Camp Whittier ignited the fire.

No criminal charges have been filed. Due to the age of the driver, no additional details of the investigation will be made public at this time.

The Whittier Fire broke out July 8 on Bureau of Reclamation land and quickly spread onto National Forest System lands on the Santa Barbara Ranger District. The fire burned 18,430 acres before being fully contained on October 5, although the fire did not increase in size after July 20.

 

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a-1529350679 Feb 05, 2018 06:11 PM
Whittier Fire Determined to be Caused by a Vehicle

Really? What happened to the disabled vehicle on the side of the road on 154 that was the original call for a vehicle fire, igniting the brush? That was on the chp log. Took ANYONE almost 30 minutes to get to it - County and Forest Service.

tagdes Feb 06, 2018 07:47 AM
Whittier Fire Determined to be Caused by a Vehicle

That fire was put out before any response to the Whittier fire and a completely different location on the other side of the road. Like saying the Paint Fire was started by the El Dumpo Fire at the transfer station. Really?

Z Feb 05, 2018 02:30 PM
Whittier Fire Determined to be Caused by a Vehicle

Guilt is deserved after a big screw up. Both the driver and any responsible dults need to be held accountable. Mental health services should be privately available if they have any money left over after suppression costs and damages.

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