Whittier Fire Over the Ridge?

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Last night, in Winchester Canyon, we saw the fire come back over the ridge and down the mountain a ways. I can't find ANY info anywhere about this new movement. It grew fast and spread quickly over the couple hours I was watching it. Anyone know if it's still moving or what? With the fog that rolled in last nigh, I couldn't see it anymore after a couple hours, but I know it's still there because it's impossible to completely extinguish all evidence of a fire that large that fast.

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Sundance Jul 13, 2017 09:43 PM
Whittier Fire Over the Ridge?

SB County posted at 9:30pm

#WhittierFIRE Evacuation Order for
Kinevan Rd. You are advised to leave immediately. If not in this area, avoid it & Hwy 154 entirely.

Sundance Jul 13, 2017 09:36 PM
Whittier Fire Over the Ridge?

Los Padres NF just posted:

#WhittierFire activity increasing below Santa Ynez peak. Firefighters are aware and in place if it moves farther downslope.

Robby Jul 13, 2017 10:05 PM
Whittier Fire Over the Ridge?

Those trucks haul water, picked up at the hydrant and carried to an open mixing tank, similar to a portable round swimming pool (like the station on Salvar Rd). PhosChek is mixed with the water 1:1 in that pool. This slurry is then sucked up into the helicopter's storage tank as they hover momentarily over the open pool. Then its up and away for a drop, then repeat.

a-1500003135 Jul 13, 2017 08:32 PM
Whittier Fire Over the Ridge?

I, too, am frustrated by the lack of current information. We've all seen how quickly conditions can change. Edhat used to be the go-to site to obtain info when a fire was brewing. Inciweb is old news; not everyone is on Nextdoor. The weekend is coming up and news sources go dormant. I don't want to wait for a delayed evacuation call in the dark. Edhat, we need you to make posting easy and intuitive again.

Potif Jul 13, 2017 07:11 PM
Whittier Fire Over the Ridge?

No one below the fire should be unpacking until the fire is OUT. As good as the firefighters are, they can't guarantee that a small hot area might not surprise them suddenly... Especially if the winds pick up. And, they can pick up without any forewarning from the weather service. It happened during the Zaca fire, when they thought it was controlled... just before it exploded into the back country... due to unexpected high winds... and that can easily happen again.q

Mesarats Jul 13, 2017 04:00 PM
Whittier Fire Over the Ridge?

People in the impact zone are sharing realtime updates on a tread on their Nextdoor group.

a-1499972136 Jul 13, 2017 11:55 AM
Whittier Fire Over the Ridge?

They are busy fighting the fire and the updates that they are doing are in the mornings. Until the fire is out there is still danger folks, don't unpack what you would want to save, that's silly! There is still real danger, containment is NOT along those ridges and if you go on KEYT and watch this morning's briefing you will see that. There are fingers to this fire, it is all being fought to the best of their ability and there are now over 1,000 personnel and 10 helicopters out there. If they have to stop and update us every 15 minutes then they can't focus on taking care of business. Be safe, be prepared and be patient. Pack that stuff back up...

a-1499973517 Jul 13, 2017 12:18 PM
Whittier Fire Over the Ridge?

The people fighting the fire aren't the same people writing the updates, they have people just for that. So, no, no one is asking the firefighters to stop every 15 minutes. We'd just like a little more info and a little sooner when we are watching flames move down the mountain toward us. Not too much to ask I don't think.

Sundance Jul 13, 2017 11:29 AM
Whittier Fire Over the Ridge?

John Palminteri posted this on Twitter this morning: "Whittier Fire had a blow up near Broadcast peak last night. 400 acres. Weather changing. Look for more active fire today. Heat increasing."

mgm Jul 13, 2017 10:52 AM
Whittier Fire Over the Ridge?

I agree with the OP, it definitely grew again last night. And I also found no updates regarding it, last night or this morning. Good luck OP, I hope you and your family stay safe, and unscathed by this fire.

Garth Jul 13, 2017 09:53 AM
Whittier Fire Over the Ridge?

Which ridge are you talking about? It has been burning south of West Camino Cielo for many days now if that's what you mean. Flare ups were just more visible last night. Hold on to your horses because hot weather and sundowner winds are expected over this coming weekend.

Potif Jul 13, 2017 07:10 PM
Whittier Fire Over the Ridge?

No one below the fire should be unpacking until the fire is OUT. As good as the firefighters are, they can't guarantee that a small hot area might not surprise them suddenly... Especially if the winds pick up. And, they can pick up without any forewarning from the weather service. It happened during the Zaca fire, when they thought it was controlled... just before it exploded into the back country... due to unexpected high winds... and that can easily happen again.

Potif Jul 13, 2017 07:10 PM
Whittier Fire Over the Ridge?

No one below the fire should be unpacking until the fire is OUT. As good as the firefighters are, they can't guarantee that a small hot area might not surprise them suddenly... Especially if the winds pick up. And, they can pick up without any forewarning from the weather service. It happened during the Zaca fire, when they thought it was controlled... just before it exploded into the back country... due to unexpected high winds... and that can easily happen again.

Potif Jul 13, 2017 07:10 PM
Whittier Fire Over the Ridge?

No one below the fire should be unpacking until the fire is OUT. As good as the firefighters are, they can't guarantee that a small hot area might not surprise them suddenly... Especially if the winds pick up. And, they can pick up without any forewarning from the weather service. It happened during the Zaca fire, when they thought it was controlled... just before it exploded into the back country... due to unexpected high winds... and that can easily happen again.

Potif Jul 13, 2017 07:10 PM
Whittier Fire Over the Ridge?

No one below the fire should be unpacking until the fire is OUT. As good as the firefighters are, they can't guarantee that a small hot area might not surprise them suddenly... Especially if the winds pick up. And, they can pick up without any forewarning from the weather service. It happened during the Zaca fire, when they thought it was controlled... just before it exploded into the back country... due to unexpected high winds... and that can easily happen again.

a-1499966435 Jul 13, 2017 10:20 AM
Whittier Fire Over the Ridge?

Not sure what the ridge's name is, but I do know that someone I was watching it with was in contact with a firefighter on the fire, who was saying it's coming back down and was getting into Tecolote Canyon area last night. A little too close for comfort for those of us in Winchester Canyon. Many neighbors have been frustrated at the lack of info about this fire we can see coming down the mountain. Just wondering why there's no mention of it. At 9pm, we saw it start up again and by 11pm it had grown at least 3x in size over the 2 hour period. Why hasn't this growth been mentioned? Getting frustrated out there, especially since we just finished unpacking from the weekend's evacuation scare!

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