Whittier Fire Remains at 87% Containment

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Update by Edhat Staff
9:10 a.m., July 25, 2017

At 7:00 am on Wednesday, July 26, California Interagency Incident Management Team 3 (CIIMT3) will transition command of the Whittier Fire to a local incident management team.

No significant fire activity is expected today. There are still isolated pockets of heat and unburned islands within the fire perimeter, but no forward progression is likely. Crews are continuing work in the front country to construct and improve fire line.

Personnel are working on patrol, mop-up and suppression repair. Approximately 40 miles of dozer line and roads have been repaired. The Burned Area Emergency Response (BAER) Team is evaluating the burned area watersheds to identify emergency treatments necessary to protect sensitive resources.


Update by Edhat Staff
10:30 a.m., July 24, 2017

No significant fire activity is expected today. There are still some isolated pockets of heat and unburned islands within the fire perimeter, but no forward progression is likely.

Personnel are working on patrol, mop-up and suppression repair throughout the fire area. Repairs include backhaul of equipment and construction of water bars for erosion control on dozer lines and roads. Crews continue working in the front country to construct and improve fire line.

The Burned Area Emergency Response (BAER) Team has begun their assessment. The team will evaluate the burned area watersheds and identify emergency treatments necessary to protect sensitive resources.


Update by Edhat Staff
7:59 a.m., July 23, 2017

No significant fire activity is expected today. There are still some isolated pockets of heat and unburned islands within the fire perimeter, but no forward progression is likely. Last night was the last shift of night operations.

High pressure will weaken today and move to the east as an area of low pressure moves to a position off the northern California coast. This will bring monsoon moisture into the region tonight and Monday. There will be a small chance of thunderstorms Monday and Tuesday as the moisture lingers. In the lower levels, on shore flow will increase and the marine layer will deepen. This will allow for cooling over the entire area Monday and Tuesday.

Crews are continuing work in the front country to construct and improve fire line. Personnel are also working on patrol, mop-up and suppression repair throughout the fire area. Repairs include backhaul of equipment and construction of water bars for erosion control. The Burned Area Emergency Response (BAER) Team will begin their assessment this week. The team will evaluate the burned area watersheds and identify emergency treatments necessary to protect sensitive resources.


Update by Edhat Staff
9:51 a.m., July 22, 2017

At 87% containment, there should be minimal fire activity today. Within the perimeter of the burn area, there may be some smoldering and creeping fire behavior, but no forward progression is expected.

High pressure aloft will remain over the fire area Saturday and then weaken and move east on Sunday. Over the weekend, little change in temperature and humidity trends is expected. On Sunday, low pressure will develop off the Northwest California coast, bringing moisture from northern Mexico and the Gulf of California into the area. There is a slight chance of thunderstorms on Sunday night and Monday.

Crews are continuing work in the front country to construct direct fire line. On all other sections of the fire, personnel are working on patrol, mop-up and suppression repair. Repairs include backhaul of equipment and construction of water bars for erosion control. The Burned Area Emergency Response (BAER) Team will begin their assessment early next week. This team will evaluate the burned area watersheds and identify emergency treatments necessary to protect sensitive resources.

As containment increases, some crews and equipment are being reassigned to other fires.


Update by Edhat Staff
11:00 a.m., July 21, 2017

The Whittier Fire is now 83% contained at 18,430 acres.

Minimal fire activity is expected today. Visible fire last night was well within the perimeter, near Condor Peak. Fire may be seen again tonight within the burn area. Interior islands may continue to burn today, but no forward progression is likely to occur.

Crews are continuing work in the front country to construct direct fire line. On all other sections of the fire, personnel are working on patrol, mop up and suppression repair. Repairs include backhaul of equipment and construction of water bars for erosion control.

As Whittier Fire activity winds down, some fire assets are being reassigned to other fires. It is early in the fire season; all residents in the evacuation warning area should remain vigilant and prepared.


Update by Edhat Staff
8:32 p.m., July 20, 2017

The fire is currently  burning in the Santa Ynez Mountains in local, federal and state responsibility areas south of Lake Cachuma.

Fire activity may be visible along the southern slopes this evening as winds pick up. Mild sundowners are expected, and although the fire may be active tonight, it is not expected to advance. Several hotshot crews are camped on the fireline to allow easier access. Bulldozers will also be constructing containment line in the front country.

Firefighters on the north and west sides will reinforce containment lines by patrolling and mopping up as safe to do so. No heat has been detected on the northern edge of the fire near Lake Cachuma. On the eastern edge of the fire, there is interior heat that may create visible smoke with evening winds.

As Whittier Fire activity winds down, some fire assets are being reassigned to other fires. It is early in the fire season; all residents in the evacuation warning area should remain vigilant and prepared.

 

Update by Edhat Staff

11:00 a.m., July 20, 2017

The Whittier Fire is now 76% contained at 18,430 acres.

On the eastern and western edges of the fire, no forward fire progression is expected. Interior islands will continue to burn and rollout, hot material rolling across the line, could challenge containment. Along the front country, the fire continues to be in a backing alignment, moving slowly downslope. Grass will continue to be the primary carrier of the fire as grass fuel loads are three times their average this season. Minimal fire spread is expected in the next 24 hours.

Along the containment lines, crews are continuing to work on mop-up and suppression repair. Resource Advisors are in place to map and protect sensitive natural and cultural resources within the areas affected by the fire. All equipment that is no longer needed is being retrieved, cleaned, and refurbished for use on future incidents. The Burned Area Emergency Response (BAER) Team will be here next week to begin their work.

As Whittier Fire activity winds down, some fire assets are being reassigned to other fires. It is early in the fire season, so all residents should remain vigilant and prepared.


Update by Edhat Staff
9:30 a.m., July 19, 2017

The Whittier Fire is now 75% contained at 18,395 acres.

From the communities northwest of the fire, light smoke was visible yesterday. On the western edge, fire crews increased containment yesterday and overnight. The fire is creeping slowly downhill, with firefighters attacking the fire head on where safe to do so using targeted water drops on hotspots. Construction of primary and secondary bulldozer line continues. The northern edge is in patrol and mop-up as lines continues to hold with suppression repair beginning. On the eastern edge, fire crews are working to improve the containment line in Bear Creek Canyon. Along the southern edge, the fire grew approximately sixty acres yesterday. Firefighters will continue constructing line as the heavy marine layer slows the fire’s progression downslope. Where safe to do so, fire crews will construct direct fireline; however, where steep and inaccessible, fire retardant will be put via aircraft to further slow the fire’s spread. Water-dropping helicopters and fixed-wing air tankers are supporting crews as needed to help cool hot spots.

Evacuation Orders: West Camino Cielo from the Winchester Gun Club to Refugio Road.

Evacuation Warning: Cachuma Village; 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.


Update by Edhat Staff
11:20 a.m., July 18, 2017

As of 10 a.m. this morning:

  • 18,311 acres (no change)
  • 62% contained (increase of 13%)
  • 1,934 Personnel assigned to incident
  • Dry and warm air will remain over the region today. A slight cooling trend will continue, with winds over the peaks coming from the northwest to north direction.

The following area has been reduced to an Evacuation Warning:

  • 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. Wagon Wheel, Winchester Commons and Langlo Ranch Road are NOT in the Evacuation Warning area. 

The following area remains in an Evacuation Warning:

  • Cachuma Village

The following road closure remains in place:

  • West Camino Cielo, from Winchester Gun Club on the east side, to Refugio Road on the west side.

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.

On the western edge, fire showed little activity overnight and is creeping slowly downhill with firefighters attacking the fire head on where safe to do so. Construction of primary and secondary bulldozer line continues.  The northern edge is in patrol and mop-up as lines continue to hold with suppression repair beginning. On the eastern edge, fire crews completed a containment line in Bear Creek Canyon, preventing the fire from crossing the creek.   Along the southern edge, firefighters are constructing line as the heavy marine layer slows the fire’s progression downslope. Where safe to do so, fire crews will fight the fire direct, however where steep and inaccessible, fire retardant will be put via aircraft to further slow the fire’s spread.  Water-dropping helicopters and fixed-wing air tankers are supporting crews as needed to help cool hot spots.  Above the marine layer, expect active fire behavior; below the marine layer, minimal fire spread is expected due to high humidity. 


Update by Edhat Staff
10:48 p.m., July 17, 2017

The Whittier Fire is now 62% contained at 18,311 acres.

Crews working on the eastern perimeter completed a containment line in Bear Creek Canyon, preventing the fire from crossing the creek. The fire continues backing down slope on the western and southern perimeters. The northern perimeter is transitioning to patrol and mop-up.  Crews on the eastern perimeter are using bulldozers and hand-crews to build line and construct contingency lines.  The southern perimeter is backing and is heavily influenced by the marine layer. Above the marine layer, expect active fire behavior; below the marine layer, minimal fire spread is expected due to high humidity. Fifteen water-dropping helicopters and four fixed-wing air tankers are supporting crews as needed to help cool hot spots.


Update by Edhat Staff
10:00 a.m., July 17, 2017

The Whittier Fire is still 49% contained at 18,311 acres. SR-154 is still open and some evacuation orders have been reduced. 

The fire is smoldering on the northern flank. On the eastern and western sides of the fire, expect some flanking runs as the main fire backs into drainage bottoms and aligns with slopes.  Tactical firing operations may be used to eliminate unburned fuels near containment lines.  The eastern side of the fire is established in the bottom of Bear Creek; however, the fire has not crossed the creek.  Structure defense crews are in place at the Cold Springs Tavern which remains in the Mandatory Evacuation Order. Fire is backing down the southern slopes of the Santa Ynez Mountains.   Helicopters and fixed-wing air tankers are supporting ground crews as needed to help cool hot spots.  154 to the first river crossing; and Cachuma Village. All other evacuation orders are in effect.

The threat level on the east side of the fire has been reduced significantly. With conditions improving, the changes listed below are effective immediately.

The following Evacuation Warning has been lifted:

  • Paradise Road is open

The following Evacuation Orders have been lifted:

  • West Camino Cielo is open to the Winchester Gun Club, including Kinevan Road
  • Rosario Park, all of Stagecoach Road and Cold Springs are open

The following Evacuation Warning remains valid:

  • Cachuma Village

The following Evacuation Orders remain valid:

  • West Camino Cielo from the Winchester Gun Club to Refugio 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

Fire restrictions have been implemented and a Forest Closure Order is in effect in the area of the fire. For more specific information go to Los Padres Forest website Alerts and Notices or call the Los Padres National Forest at (805) 968-6640.

Please be aware that firefighters and fire equipment are working in the area. Drive with caution and be mindful of the possibility of encountering oncoming traffic on narrow, winding roads.

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.


Update by Edhat Staff
6:30 p.m., July 16, 2017

The Whittier Fire is 49% contained at 18,015 acres. SR-154 is now open and some evacuation orders have been reduced. Santa Barbara County also proclaimed a local emergency due to the Whittier and Alamo fires. 

A total of 46 structures have been destroyed, 16 residences and 30 outbuildings, as well as 6 additional outbuildings and 1 residence damaged.  

The following evacuation orders have been reduced to evacuation warnings: Paradise Road from Highway 154 to the first river crossing; and Cachuma Village. All other evacuation orders are in effect (see below).  The fire is creeping downslope on the southern, eastern and western perimeters of the fire. Crews completed a few small tactical firing operation to eliminate unburned fuels near containment lines.  The eastern side of the fire is established in Bear Creek and crews are working to keep it on the western side of the canyon.  The western perimeter of the fire is backing into established containment lines.  Helicopters and fixed-wing air tankers are supporting ground crews as needed to help cool hot spots.

Damage assessment teams using new software technology have updated the number of structures damaged or destroyed during the early hours of the fire. The Whittier Fire incident management team would like to commend the damage assessment efforts of the Santa Barbara County Office of Emergency Management with regard to their efficient and ongoing operations.

Dry and warm air will remain over the region today and Monday with temperatures and humidity trends showing little change over the mountains. The coastal section of the fire will see increasing onshore winds allowing some cooling on Monday and Tuesday. Temperatures near Santa Ynez peak are expected to reach 79.

Evacuation Warning: Paradise Road, from Highway 154 to the first river crossing; Cachuma Village

Mandatory Evacuations: 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.

Evacuation Shelters: The American Red Cross has opened evacuation shelters at San Marcos High School, 4750 Hollister Ave., Goleta. The Santa Ynez shelter is prepared to open if necessary.


Update by Edhat Staff
9:30 a.m., July 16, 2017

The Whittier Fire has burned 18,015 acres and is at 36% containment. 1,924 personnel are working the incident. Dry and warm air will remain over the region today and Monday with temperatures and humidity trends showing little change over the mountains. The coastal section of the fire will see increasing onshore winds allowing some cooling on Monday and Tuesday. Temperatures near Santa Ynez peak are expected to reach 101.

The fire continues to creep down slope on the eastern, western and southern edges of the fire. Firefighters expect flanking runs and some short intense burning as the fire backs into drainage bottoms and aligns with slopes. The eastern side of the fire is established in Bear Creek so expect slope driven runs if it crosses the drainage. The western side of the fire should continue backing into developed containment lines and the Sherpa fire scar. Air attack continues today to support ground crews and to knock down hot spots. Warmer temperatures, lower humidity and winds will increase fire activity as the day progresses.

No changes have been made to evacuation orders or warnings since Friday.

The air quality warning remains in effect.

The most updated information on the fire can be found here: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/ or www.countyofsb.org.

Update by Edhat Staff
6:00 p.m., July 15, 2017

Map of the Whittier Fire Area

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Sundowner winds are in the forecast tonight and have the possibility of extending the southern edge of the fire into the foothills. Throughout the day, the fire continued to creep down slope on the eastern, western and southern edges of the fire.  Crews working on the eastern edge of the fire are working to keep the fire from reaching Bear Creek. The southwestern corner of the fire burned into the Sherpa fire (2016) burn area and stalled out due to lack of fuels. Air attack continued today to support ground crews and to knock down hot spots. Warmer temperatures, lower humidity and winds will increase fire activity tonight.

The Sundowner winds forecasted for this evening will be slightly stronger than last night’s winds. These winds have the possibility of pushing the fire towards populated areas above Goleta. Should the Sundowner winds develop tonight, gusts are predicted to reach 35 mph. The marine level is expected to be 400 feet lower than yesterday. Tonight it will be warmer and dryer.

Map of the Evacuation Areas

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Mandatory Evacuations: Highway 154 from Armour Ranch (west side) to Paradise Road (east side), West Camino Cielo at Highway 154 to Winchester Gun Club, Kinevan 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 Rd on the east to El Capitan Ranch Road on the west. Paradise Canyon Road from Highway 154 east to the first river crossing. Rosario Park and all of Stagecoach Road. Clarification: Farren Road and Las Varas Canyon Road are included in the Evacuation Order area issued today.


Update by City of Goleta
1:00 p.m., July 15, 2017

The Whittier Fire has been burning near Goleta for the last week and continues to be a threat to our community.  The safety of lives and property remains a priority.

The City of Goleta wanted to provide you with an update on today’s conditions and the best way to receive timely information on the status of the fire.  Today, Saturday, July 15, the fire is expected to ramp up in the afternoon as temperatures and winds increase. Sundowners are still in the forecast and may come down lower than last night. 

No changes have been made to evacuation orders or warnings since yesterday afternoon. The air quality warning remains in effect.

The best way to get timely information on the fire status, conditions and evacuation warnings and orders and other emergency-related topics is to visit the incident information website at https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/. You can find the link on the top of our website at www.cityofgoleta.org.  The County of Santa Barbara is also posting regular updates and you can find them at www.countyofsb.org.  The City of Goleta is posting on social media and on our website at www.cityofgoleta.org.

We encourage you to sign up for email and text notifications on our website or by texting Goleta Emergency to 468211.  You can also email pio@cityofgoleta.org with your phone number and/or email address and we'll register you. Please indicate if you’d like phone, text or email messages – or all three.

If you prefer to speak to someone by phone, you can call 211 and receive information 24 hours/day.  Again, just dial 2-1-1. Thank you for your support of emergency personnel during this incident.  Be safe.


Update by Edhat Staff
10:15 a.m., July 15, 2017

The Whittier Fire has decreased in containment to 35% and grew to 17,364 acres. On Friday morning the fire was estimated to be 52% contained at 13,199 acres, a significant jump took place on Friday evening and early Saturday morning. 

The following evacuation orders remain in effect: 

  • 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.
  • Paradise Road
  • Rosario Park and all of Stagecoach Road
  • Farren Road and Las Varas Canyon Road

Existing evacuation orders remain in effect for Highway 154 from Armour Ranch to Paradise Road, Camino Cielo from the Winchester Gun Club east to Highway 154, and Kinevan Road.  All campgrounds off Highway 154 are evacuated. Hwy 154 is closed until further notice from Highway 246 to Foothill/Cathedral Oaks, as are several other roads.  View the full list of road closures. 

Highway 101 is open.


Update by Edhat Staff
10:00 p.m., July 14, 2017

Fire behavior has increased on three sides of the fire burning above the community of Goleta and new evacuation orders are in place. The east and west portions of the fire experienced flanking and spotting fire activity. The southern flank of the fire had an active head fire with mid‐range spotting. The north side of the fire was predominately smoldering. Crews continue to increase containment by building direct lines and reinforcing bulldozer lines on the east and west edges of the fire.

Crews are using a machine called a masticator that crushes and grinds vegetation to remove the large amounts of dead fuel from a multi‐year drought. The fire is burning in an area above the community of Goleta that has not burned since 1955. Approximately 2,700 people are currently evacuated.

Under the advice of Whittier Fire Incident Commanders, the Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s office has issued an additional Evacuation Order for areas in the Santa Barbara front Country.
Effective immediately the following areas are under an Evacuation Order:

Mandatory Evacuations:

  • Highway 154 from Armour Ranch (west side) to Paradise Road (east side)
  • West Camino Cielo at Highway 154 to Winchester Gun Club
  • Kinevan 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 Rd on the east to El Capitan Ranch Road on the west.
  • Paradise Canyon Road from Highway 154 east to the first river crossing. Rosario Park and all of Stagecoach Road.
  • Clarification: Farren Road and Las Varas Canyon Road are included in the Evacuation Order area issued today.

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/

Two additional phone lines have been added to the information center. The Fire Information Center can be reached at: (805) 562-1236, (805) 562-1237 or (805) 699-6451.


Update by Edhat Staff
9:15 a.m., July 14, 2017

The Whittier Fire is at 52% containment and 13,199 acres burned. Firefighters preparing for potential sundowner winds Friday afternoon. Residents nearest Goleta foothills should stay aware and be prepared.

Fire behavior increased last night. The fire burned into Gato and Dos Pueblos canyons on the coastal side of the Santa Ynez Mountains. Crews continue to increase containment by building direct lines and reinforcing bulldozer lines on the east and west edges of the fire.  Contingency lines are being built should the fire cross primary lines. Two additional firefighters suffered heat related injuries, bringing the total of injured firefighters to five. All injured firefighters have returned to work.

Weather is a concern for today and tomorrow, the marine layer is lifting and the temperatures are rising. Lower relative humidity and Sundowners are forecast for today and Saturday. Wind gusts are forecast to reach up to 30 mph should the Sundowners develop. These changes in the weather pattern will increase fire activity this afternoon and evening.  Santa Barbara APCD has issued a Health Warning for smoke and ash for the entire county remaining in effect through Monday. Additional firefighting resources arrived yesterday and are being deployed. More crews and equipment have been ordered and are en route to the fire.

Evacuation orders remain in effect for Highway 154 from Armour Ranch to Paradise Road. All campgrounds off Highway 154 are evacuated. Hwy 154 is closed until further notice from Highway 246 to Foothill/Cathedral Oaks. Old San Marcos Road is closed between Hwy 154 and Via Parva.  West Camino Cielo from Refugio Road east to the fire is closed.

The Evacuation Order for Farren Road to Winchester Canyon in the Goleta area was downgraded this morning to an Evacuation Warning. Only residents served by Farren Road will be allowed through the barricades. An Evacuation Warning is in place for Las Varas Canyon east to Winchester Canyon and from Highway 101 North to W. Camino Cielo; and Paradise Road from Hwy 154 to the first river crossing.

Law enforcement is patrolling the evacuation areas, and as soon as it is safe, we will communicate how and when people can re-enter the area to retrieve personal items left behind during the evacuation. For public and media inquiries, call 805-699-6451. For campers who had to evacuate Cachuma Lake Recreation, County Parks is coordinating when and how personal belongings can be returned. Please call Parks' call center at 805-568-2460. 


Update by Edhat Staff
10:00 p.m., July 13, 2017

Residents nearest the foothills of Goleta will begin to see a buildup of firefighting equipment as firefighters prepare for the potential sundowner winds Friday afternoon. If sundowner winds do occur, residents need to prepare to follow directions from emergency management officials. Follow Ready, Set, Go principles!

The Whittier Fire is currently 52% contained at 12,263 acres.

Active fire behavior continued today but firelines kept the fire in check. Crews continued building direct lines, reinforcing dozer lines on the east and west edges of the fire and are reinforcing contingency lines if the fire crosses the primary line. Rollout on steep terrain continues to create small uphill runs on the western perimeter of the fire. The area near Santa Ynez peak which burned last night continues to be held in place by water drops and retardant. The southern edge of the fire was quiet as onshore winds kept the fire cool. Near Goleta, ranch roads are being used to establish a fire break above homes and agricultural properties.

An onshore breeze continued to create a backing fire on the southern edge of the fire. The eastern and western edges of the fire did burn actively in the late afternoon and evening, notably below Santa Ynez peak. As winds shift, the eastern and southern edges of the fire will become more active.


Update by Edhat Staff
8:15 a.m., July 13, 2017

The Whittier Fire is still 48% contained and is now at 12,236 acres burned.

Fire activity picked up last night, especially in higher elevations on the east and west flanks of the fire. Last night crews took advantage of the cooler temperatures and used direct attack techniques to continue building a line around the fire. An active area near Santa Ynez Peak burned 400 acres, night flight aircraft were used to cool this area and other active areas of the fire. Today’s weather is expected to transition to warmer, dryer conditions. The marine layer will clear warming the area and lower the relative humidity. A major concern is the forecasted Sundowner winds that could begin Friday evening. The southern edge of the fire above Goleta will see increased air tanker activity today as they continue to apply fire retardant in anticipation of Friday’s forecasted Sundowners. Caltrans and PG&E are working on repairing the highway and the electrical power infrastructure along Highway 154. Two firefighters were injured yesterday, one was from a fall and the other suffered a heat-related injury, both are back working on the line.

The marine influence with high humidity is expected to clear bringing higher temperatures and lower relative humidity to the area. Expect an increase in fire activity as the day progresses. East and west edges of the fire are expected to experience an increase in fire activity. The Southern fire perimeter continues to be held by cool onshore winds.

Update by Edhat Staff
4:45 p.m., July 12, 2017

Below is the most recent map of the Whittier Fire as well as a statement from the County of Santa Barbara:

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Community Offers and Donations

The firefighters greatly appreciate that the community wants to make donations of food and items. They want the community to know that they are adequately taken care of and ask that you donate to disaster relief organizations, such as the American Red Cross, local food bank, etc.

If you are wanting to financially support the incident, please be advised that often individuals take advantage of the situation by setting up false GoFundMe and other types of fundraising accounts that are not legitimate.  If you are interested in donating to help in an incident, call and verify that the beneficiary is authentic.

Avoid Incident Command Post

In order for fire personnel to have unrestricted access to the site, and for safety reasons, we ask that the public not attempt to reach the incident command post. Thank you for your continued support and concern for those protecting our community during this and future incidents.


Update by Edhat Staff
11:00 a.m., July 12, 2017

The Whittier Fire is still 48% contained and is now at 11,920 acres burned.

Overnight, the fire activity slowed as cooler temps and higher humidity moved over the fire area.   On the east side, three hotshot crews aided by a night-flight helicopter worked overnight to build fireline directly on the fire edge.  Crews will continue to build direct lines, reinforce dozer lines and protect the threatened Southern California Edison lines in this area.  On the northern fire edge, crews continue to patrol the fireline, and extinguish hot spots.  To the west, line has been constructed from Hwy 154 to the rock quarry, but terrain issues are complicating the continuation of that line to the West Camino Ridge, and rollout on steep terrain continues to create small uphill runs.  Firefighters are scouting this area, looking for conducive ridges to build fireline.  On the Goleta front country, ranch roads are being used to establish a fire break above homes and agricultural properties. Loose rocks, poison oak and steep terrain continues to hamper firefighter safety.

The visually dramatic run into Hot Springs Canyon and Bear Creek as slope and wind came together yesterday was expected.  Similar weather conditions today will result in additional growth to the east. On-shore winds from the coast will hold the active fire north of West Camino Cielo.  Rollout on steep slopes will ignite short uphill runs on the west side of the fire, also creating visual columns of smoke.

Update by Edhat Staff
7:45 p.m., July 11, 2017

The Whittier Fire is currently 48% contained with an estimated 11,281 acres burned. 

Earlier this afternoon the fire made a run up the slope in the Hot Springs Canyon Area caused a large cloud of smoke, but quickly settled down. The weather is going to be cooperative with the fire, with minimal winds and high humidity. The fire is currently within the area of expectation and is expected to die down a bit this evening. Crews continue to reinforce dozer lines east of the fire. 

On the northern fire edge, crews continue to patrol the fireline, and extinguish hot spots. On the western edge, line has been constructed from Hwy 154 to the rock quarry, but terrain issues are complicating the continuation of that line to the ridge. Rollout on steep terrain continues to create small uphill runs.  Firefighters are scouting this area, looking for conducive ridges to build fireline.  On the Goleta front country, ranch roads are being used to establish a fire break above homes and agricultural properties.

Highway 154 from Armour Ranch (west side) to Paradise Road (east side), West Camino Cielo at Highway 154 to Winchester Gun Club, Kinevan Road are subject to mandatory evacuations.  Las Varas Canyon east to Winchester Canyon and from Highway 101 north to West Camino Cielo, Paradise Road from Highway 154 to the first river crossing, Farren Road are currently evacuation warnings.

Crews are preparing to begin their 12 hour night operations on the fire. This photo was taken from West Camino Cielo.

 

Update by Edhat Staff
9:10 a.m., July 11, 2017

The Whittier Fire is still estimated to be 25% contained at 10,823 acres.

The Los Padres National Forest reports the current weather pattern has allowed firefighters to make good progress. Cooler temperatures and higher relative humidity have moderated fire behavior. Crews have been able to build fireline directly across much of the northern fire edge. Two spot fires were discovered Monday night on the east side of the fire.

Firefighters began suppression efforts on the spots and will continue this effort today. On the western edge line has been constructed from Hwy 154 to the rock quarry but terrain issues are complicating the continuation of that line to the ridge. In the front country ranch roads are being used to establish a fire break above homes and agricultural properties.

Effective immediately Farren Road is reduced to an Evacuation Warning.

 

 


Update by Edhat Staff
8:45 p.m., July 10, 2017

The Whittier Incident fire is now 25% contained at 10,823 acres burned with one new road closure. Salvar Rd at Via Gaitero is closed until further notice for firefighting equipment staging.

Today, as the weather pattern shifted back to an onshore flow, smoke from the fire pushed over the burn area into the east Santa Ynez Valley and San Marcos Pass. As smoke shaded the area, fire behavior decreased significantly creating an opportunity for firefighters to build a containment line directly on the fire’s edge. Bulldozers are working the east flank from the Winchester Gun Club toward Hwy. 154. On the west side of the fire, firefighters improved initial firelines and scouted for an area to complete the line up to the Santa Ynez Ridge.  Near Lake Cachuma, firefighters were able to declare a portion of the fireline contained. 

Fire managers continue to work with ranchers and property owners to plan construction of a line along the base of the foothills. The fire has crossed the ridgeline and is backing downslope over Gato, Winchester and Glen Annie Canyons but higher humidity levels have slowed the rate of spread.

The evacuations are still in place.


Update by Edhat Staff
9:00 a.m., July 10, 2017

The Whittier Incident fire is now at 10,823 acres with still 5% containment. Highway 154 is still closed and mandatory evacuations are still in place.

There's now 734 personnel on the scene. A unified command structure has been established between the Los Padres National Forest, the Santa Barbara County Fire Department, the Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Department, and CAL FIRE.

(Photo: Mike Eliason / SBCFD)

The fire made a prolonged run to the west yesterday as winds from a collapsing thunderstorm 20 miles away impacted the area. Weather and fuel conditions are a big factor in the decision process relating to the Whittier Fire tactics. Firefighters are attacking the fire directly on the edge of the burn where possible. Where access is dangerous due to the potential of falling trees, difficult terrain or heavy fuels they are taking a more cautious approach and using indirect methods of attack. In the front country, fire managers are working with property owners and planning a fuel break along the base of the foothills. The fire has crossed the ridgeline over Gato, Winchester and Glen Annie Canyons and is slowly backing down the slope. Several helicopters and fixed wing aircraft, including the DC-10 Very Large Air Tanker (VLAT) are assisting with water and retardant drops, reports the Los Padres Forest Service.

According to the Los Padres National Forest, the slope that the fire is primarily burning on is comprised of Oak trees and brush that has not burned since the Refugio Fire in 1955. Over the last several years these fuels have been stressed by the exceptional drought conditions and a high percentage of the fuel bed is dead. The combination of old, dry fuels with a newly cured heavy grass crop contributed to the rapid growth of this fire.

The weather is expected to be between 80-85 degrees with 30-40% humidity, light and variable winds. Smoke from the Whittier fire will continue to impact air quality along the coast and the Santa Ynez Valley. 

Road closures, evacuations, and shelter information remain the same. 

Crews will continue to focus on protecting commercial and residential structures, SoCal Edison (SCE) distribution lines, communications infrastructure, and cultural archeological sites.

SCE is closely monitoring the Whittier Fire.   The fire appears to be burning away from SCE towers and facilities. If the fire does impact transmission lines, customers in the Santa Barbara area could lose power. SCE has a contingency plan to restore customers but some customers may experience extended outages.

SCE has crews in the area and has developed a robust contingency plan to address any potential loss of the transmission lines and will work to reduce the disruption to customers, should the fire impact our facilities in the region.

Monday morning briefing for the Whittier Incident (Photo: SBCFD)


Update by Edhat Staff
8:30 p.m., July 9, 2017

Santa Barbara Captain Dave Zaniboni reports there is very little change to the Whittier Fire as they're keeping the acreage to 7,800 with 5% containment at this time.

Zaniboni stated there was some growth to the fire but crews were unable to map it accurately. The fire grew west on the Camino Cielo Ridge and pulled towards Refugio due to winds. Later in the afternoon, it started moving back towards the east. Firefighters were able to make progress on the western Santa Ynez side of the fire, but the eastern edge is growing unchecked due to the steep and inaccessible terrain. Air tankers and helicopters made numerous drops on the ridge and south side of the mountains. 

No injuries were reported and no other structures were lost today.

A briefing will be held Monday at 7:00 a.m. where new information will be released with a more accurate acreage report. 


Update by Edhat Staff
2:00 p.m., July 9, 2017

The Whittier Fire is still estimated at 7,800 acres and 5% containment. The same mandatory evacuations and warnings are still in place.

3,500 people have been evacuated, mostly from the Lake Cachuma and Camp Whittier area. About 20 structures have been lost or damaged in the fire, most were at the campground area and some at the Lake Cachuma boat dock area. No injuries have been reported.

Based on evacuation orders and warnings, a number of people stayed at shelters established by the American Red Cross for the two fires in Santa Barbara County.  Last night, 6 individuals stayed at the Red Cross shelter at the Minami Center in Santa Maria, 29 stayed at San Marcos High School in Santa Barbara, and 5 stayed at the Santa Inez Elementary School shelter. 

For the southern region of the County, a number of small animals were sheltered including 1 horse, 3 cats, 4 dogs, 4 birds, and a guinea pig.  All but two dogs were sheltered at the Santa Barbara Humane Society.  County Animal Services in Santa Barbara is also providing shelter care.  Two horses evacuated from the fire are now at Earl Warren Showgrounds.  All animal owners are asked to call 805-681-4332 for assistance or information about evacuating any large animals

In the early morning hours of July 9, a special animal evacuation was made by a Santa Barbara County Animal Control Officer as homeowners were out of town and animals were left in the home.  Two schnauzers, Tucker and Cloe, were safely removed from a home in the evacuation area.  The dogs were happily reunited with their owners today. 

Fire behavior currently is being driven by a self-created thermal belt and vegetation, and there are no still no sundowners expected. Resources throughout the state are stretched thin because of the multiple fires burning, but Type 3 brush engines have been deployed to the Whittier Fire, which is well suited for the terrain and conditions of this fire. Helicopters are being used on the south face of the fire.

Below are the most recent maps:

Update by Edhat Staff
9:30 a.m., July 9, 2017

The Whittier Fire is currently estimated at 7,800 acres and 5% contained. A Type 1 Incident Management Team has been requested to manage this fire, and will be arriving today. The incident command post will be at Dos Pueblos High School.

So far 20 structures have been destroyed with 150 threatened. No injuries have been reported and an incrase in resources are expected to arrive today.

All mandatory evacuations, warnings, and shelter information posted below are the same. 

Highway 154 is still closed from SR-246 to Foothill Road. Today's temperatures are forecasted to be moderate with the early morning marine layer to benefit firefighter's efforts

The Los Padres Forest Service reminds drone operators to not fly over the fire as it interferes with firefighting efforts. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has issued a Temporary Flight Restriction (TFR) that is in effect and any private aircraft or drone that violates the TFR could face serious criminal charges. Even without a TFR, anyone who hampers firefighting efforts could face criminal charges as well. For more information on drones the public can visit the FAA’s website at www.KnowBeforeYouFly.org. “If you fly, we can’t!”

For additional, Santa Barbara County residents can call 211, contact the  Fire Information Line at 805-895-0841, or visit Santa Barbara County online at countyofsb.org.      


Update by Edhat Staff
11:59 p.m., July 8, 2017

Mandatory Evacuation Order has been issued for:

  • Highway 154 from Armour Ranch Road on the west to Paradise Road on the east.
  • W. Camino Cielo from the Winchester Gun Club east to Highway 154
  • Kinevan Road
  • Farren Road

If you are in this area you are advised to leave immediately. If you are not in this area, avoid the area and Highway 154 entirely. Highway 154 is closed from 246 to Foothill Road.

An Evacuation Warning has been issued for:

  • Las Varas Canyon east to Winchester Canyon and from Highway 101 North to W. Camino Cielo. (alerts sent to 315 phone lines at 9:50 p.m.tonight. These are phone lines and don’t necessarily translate into numbe r of residences or people)
  • Paradise Road from 154 to the first river crossing.

Anyone in this area should be gathering family members, pets, important documents and irreplaceable items and be prepared to leave. People with special needs should evacuate now. Large animals should be evacuated now.

Evacuation Shelters

  • The south evacuation shelter is open at San Marcos High School, 4750 Hollister Ave., Goleta.
  • A north evacuation shelter is open at Santa Ynez Elementary, 3325 Pine Street, Santa Ynez.

For animal evacuation questions and offers of assistance, call the Animal Services hotline at (805) 681-4332. On the south side, pet owners with small animals that can be evacuated may be brought to the Santa Barbara Humane Society at 5399 Overpass Road, Santa Barbara. Call the hotline for assistance with large animal evacuations.

Sheriff’s deputies and Search and Rescue volunteers evacuated Camp Whittier, Lake Cachuma Campground, The Outdoor School at Rancho Alegre, Circle V Ranch, Live Oak Campground and Cachuma Village.

(Photo: Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office)

While evacuating Circle V Ranch, the road became inaccessible due to flames and a group of about 63 young campers along with staff members had to shelter in place and were not able to evacuate.
First responders stayed with the children and staff until Santa Barbara County Firefighters cleared the fire and made the road accessible again. During the process of trying to evacuate children, a patrol car parked along Highway 154 became engulfed in flames and was destroyed.

Once the road was clear, Sheriff’s deputies and Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Search and Rescue volunteers safely transported the children and staff out of the area. They were transferred to two buses provided by the Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians. California Highway Patrol led the way and the children were dropped off at the Santa Ynez Mission where they were reunited with family members.

(Photo: Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office)


Update by Edhat Staff
8:36 p.m., July 8, 2017

As of 8:25 p.m. on Saturday, the Whittier Fire has reached 5,400 acres with 0% containment.

The fire now has gone over the ridge above Condor Peak, above Farren Road and Eagle Canyon of West Goleta said Captain Zaniboni.

With light wind, the fire has swapped over the front countryside. Crews are hitting the blaze with aircraft as well as a helicopter making water drops throughout the night. Strike teams, bulldozers, aircraft, and hand crew reinforcements will arrive in the morning.

The main goal tonight is to keep the fire in check, said Zaniboni. Crews will continue to mop-up and try to gain some containment on the Santa Ynez side of the mountain. 


Update by Edhat Staff
6:45 p.m., July 8, 2017

The Whittier Fire is now estimated to have burned approximately 3,000 acres with some outbuildings lost at 0% containment.

The 80 trapped children camping at Circle V Ranch have been safely evacuated to Old Mission Santa Ines in Solvang where they can be reunited with their parents. 

The focus for the fire is structure protection and evacuations. The fire continues to burn in an easterly direction with the goal to keep it on this side of the mountain range and not towards Santa Barbara, said Captain Zaniboni.

Several air tankers and helicopters are making water and retardent drops in the meantime. 

Update by Santa Barbara County
5:27 p.m., July 8, 2017

Correction on Whittier Fire evacuations. Paradise Road is in an Evacuation Warning only. People on Paradise Road should be prepared to leave immediately. People with special needs should evacuate now. Large animals should be evacuated now. Hwy 154 at Cachuma Lake remains in an evacuation order. If you have large animals to evacuate, contact the hotline: (805)681-4332. 

 

 

 

Update by the Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office
4:11 p.m., July 8, 2017

The Sheriff's Office has issued a mandatory, immediate evacuation for all of Highway 154 from Armour Ranch Road on the west to Paradise Road on the east and including Paradise Road due to a brush fire that broke out near Camp Whittier and Lake Cachuma today at approximately 1:42 p.m. 

If you are in this area you are advised to leave immediately. If you are not in this area, avoid the area and Highway 154 entirely. Highway 154 is closed from 246 to Foothill Road.

An Evacuation Warning has been issued for the area east of Paradise Road to the top of the pass. Anyone in this area should be gathering family members, pets, important documents and irreplaceable items and be prepared to leave.

Please do not call 911 or even our non-emergency line if you do not have a critical issue that can not wait. Our Santa Barbara County Public Safety Dispatch Centers are busy handling calls and evacuations.

So far Lake Cachuma Campground, Camp Whittier and The Outdoor School at Rancho Alegre have been evacuated. Circle V Ranch, Live Oak Campground and Cachuma Village are in the process of being evacuated.

This is a rapidly evolving situation and we will keep you updated as new information becomes available. We will send updated Nixle alerts and post on our Twitter and Facebook page. The latest information will be on www.CountyofSB.org and on County's Twitter and Facebook pages. 

Update by the Edhat Staff
4:00 p.m., July 8, 2017

The Whittier Incident fire is now estimated to be over 500 acres with approximately 80 children trapped in a campground off SR-154.

Santa Barbara County Fire Captain Dave Zaniboni stated their main concern is accessing the large group of children at the Circle V Ranch Camp located at 2550 SR-154. Los Padres National Forest Service firefighters are on scene with the children, who are safe and sheltered in place. County firefighters are unable to access the camp through the roadway to get them out safely. 

Camp Whittier has been evacuated with campers taken to the SR-154 and SR-246 interchange. Lake Cachuma campgrounds are under full mandatory evacuation as well. 

There were reports of structures that were lost in one camp, assumed to be cabins, said Zaniboni.

The fire started at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday and the official cause is unknown, although initial CHP reports state it was due to a vehicle fire in the area.

Photo: Mike Eliason/SBCFD

Update by the Office of Emergency Management
3:12 p.m., July 8, 2017

SB County Sheriff is issuing an immediate evacuation order of the Hwy 154 corridor in the Lake Cachuma area. Leave now. An Evacuation Warning is issued for Paradise Rd and West Camino Cielo. Prepare to leave. If you feel threatened or have special needs leave now. Hwy 154 is closed 

 

Reported by Roger the Scanner Guy
1:51 p.m., July 8, 2017

Brush fire in the 2400 block of Highway 154 near Camp Whittier, approximately 17 miles north of Santa Barbara. This fire was caused by a vehicle fire. A lot of smoke reported. Radio transmissions switched to Forest.net

SR-154 is closed between SR-246 and SR-192 (Cathedral Oaks/Foothill Rd)

 

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mfitch54 Jul 11, 2017 07:57 AM
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Roger, Mountainman, John Wiley: did any of you see or hear anything about a new fire on Sunday afternoon about 2:00, somewhere in the area of Gibraltar maybe?(Or maybe farther away?) I saw a fresh huge pyrocumulus boiling up behind La Cumbre peak, from my vantage point at the intersection of San Marcos Rd and Via Los Santos. Two other neighbors saw it with me. It dissipated over the afternoon, and I never heard a word about it. Anyone... anyone....?

TWOSCOOPS Jul 10, 2017 12:05 PM
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John Wiley. Your sbcitizen.com site is perfect because I know you'll have the most recent maps, graphs, etc. to keep us informed about the Whittier Fire. Not having comments isn't so bad, is it? You'd have to become a Nanny. Just keep posting your photos and information. I've been glued to Edhat and sbcitizen.com. John, you have some readers now from Wyoming and Montana...friends of mine. Big thanks to you! Don't be discouraged. There's absolutely nothing wrong with a one-man show. Anyway, you and Edhat are like two peas in a pod.

John Wiley Jul 10, 2017 12:45 AM
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MountainMan, I'm glad to know all's well at your eagle's nest. Liz, thanks for your second comment on SBCitizen.com but for now I've given up trying to reply or comment there. Feel free to contact me via SBitz.NET if you like. Despite apparently being a robust platform, my impression is that Google abandoned their "Blogger" option some years ago. Though improved considerably since I first tried it, the frustration level in doing even simple things there is quite high. Guess I'll look into other free options if/when time permits, and if another big news item comes along in the meantime I'll just use it again as-is. Mostly I'm glad we seem to be within sight of both the Alamo and Whittier Fires coming under control before the next heat wave. Thanks to Edhat and everyone else who contributed to public information during the worst of the fires.

MountainMan4865 Jul 09, 2017 09:40 PM
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Justforkix - we're all good. Thank you for the good wishes!! I'm sure you got that just from the sky today. It looked a little scary yesterday, and the press briefing today (not talking about the Eastern flank) didn't help much. Between the hand drawn map on wrinkled paper with markers, the super un-informative "evacuation" map put out by the county, and the super uninformative public briefing at 2pm, it's been really hard to understand what's really happening. But we can go out and look at the valley and feel a lot better. US evacuate? NEVER, the mountain is our soul and life, we would never abandon her, never.

just4kix Jul 09, 2017 08:05 PM
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Mountainman, been thinking of you & your wife. Hope all is well!!! Wondering if you had to evacuate. For all who did evacuate, I send best wishes!!

John Wiley Jul 09, 2017 05:28 PM
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MountainMan, I'm glad you let me know you tried to comment on SBCitizen.com, because I've been having trouble with the setting. The options are: Anyone - includes Anonymous Users; Registered User - includes OpenID; User with Google Accounts; Only members of this blog. I chose Registered hoping it would be easiest, but it won't even let ME post a comment (don't know how Liz did it!). I won't use Anonymous, because we don't have any volunteer Nannys to watch for trolls. The only solution I've found for now is to get people to sign up on SBitz.NET (only a handful so far), where it's easier to post. If you (or anyone with helpful info or questions) sign up there you can share, or contact me privately. If you or anyone would like to join the SBCitizen.com team I'd be very appreciative for the help. :)

matteo Jul 09, 2017 11:55 AM
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Can anyone share the source of the map posted at 11:59 p.m., Update by Edhat Staff.....??? it would be useful to those of us still on West Camino

a-1566378888 Jul 09, 2017 11:50 AM
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Please provide links for Youtube live streaming of the Whittier fire. KEYT, or others? Here's the live stream for viewing from Santa Ynez Peak. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ylQyv5Qn7ag

islandtimes Jul 09, 2017 11:07 AM
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Did anyone else see air support first thing this morning? I didn't spot the first plane until 10:40am, but may have missed them from my vantage point.

Roger Jul 09, 2017 10:57 AM
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Arson porn is porn for Arsonists...Just like Horror movies are porn for serial killers. for Some arsonists fires are sexual.

Flicka Jul 09, 2017 09:51 AM
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It might be interesting to get a response from the commenter about the Fire Department issuing a warning of possible fires due to dry brush and hot weather. The guy said his brother calls such warnings "Arson Porn", just drama about the possibility of mass destruction, etc, merely made for "the papers". Wondering what "brother" says about what is happening now! Still think it was a publicity warning?

a-1566378888 Jul 09, 2017 08:12 AM
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https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/ Message on Inciweb: We are aware of the Google map not loading properly for each incident. We are working on a solution to fix this issue. Thank you for your patience.

yin yang Jul 09, 2017 08:09 AM
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KSBY published an update based on Sunday 7 a.m. briefing: "The Whittier Fire burning near Cachuma Lake in Santa Barbara County has now burned approximately 7,800 acres. The new estimate was released by officials with the Los Padres National Forest shortly after fire officials went into a morning briefing to discuss Sunday's plan of attack for the fire. The blaze was first reported at about 1:40 p.m. Saturday on the south side of Highway 154, but quickly spread to both sides of the road, prompting the immediate closure of the highway at Highway 246. Light rain was reported in Santa Barbara and the surrounding foothills early Sunday morning, which, along with higher humidities and calm winds, should aid firefighters in their fight. People in the area were evacuated while others were left to shelter in place. There have been reports of structures lost in at least one of the camps and vehicles burned. No injuries have been reported. Evacuation orders have been issued for Farren Road, West Camino Cielo from the Winchester Gun Club east to Highway 154 and Kinevan Road, and Highway 154 from Armour Ranch Road to Paradise Road. People in that area are advised to leave immediately. An evacuation warning remains in effect for Las Varas Canyon to Winchester Canyon and from Highway 101 north to West Camino Cielo. Paradise Road from Highway 154 to the first river crossing also remained under an evacuation warning. Residents in the area are urged to prepare to evacuate if necessary. A shelter for Whittier Fire evacuees is set up at Santa Ynez Elementary School, located at 3325 Pine Street and at San Marcos High School, located at 4750 Hollister Avenue. The American Red Cross reports 27 people stayed at the high school overnight. People needing assistance evacuating large animals should call (805) 681-4332. The cause of the fire is unknown and under investigation.

yin yang Jul 09, 2017 08:00 AM
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Mt. Man, I hope YOU got some sleep! At least down here, it was cool outside by 8. I found these amazing pics through a whittier fire twitter. Clear views of flames from Goleta (had to be a reason they evacuated Farren Rd!): https://twitter.com/Gharbill Thank you, Mr. Sayyad. Thanks to you too, John.

MountainMan4865 Jul 09, 2017 07:49 AM
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Mr. Wiley - just tried to comment on your site. Google won't let me... fine. Adding it to the morning round. Excellent resource. Thank you! and I hope you got some sleep!!

TWOSCOOPS Jul 09, 2017 04:11 AM
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WHITTIER FIRE----INCIWEB IS INCIDENT INFORMATION SYSTEM. https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5339/ . "Drones: While there has been no drone activity over the fire, drones interfere with firefighting efforts. The (FAA) has issued a Temporary Flight Restriction (TFR) that is in effect and any private aircraft or drone that violates the TFR could face serious criminal charges. Even without a TFR, anyone who hampers firefighting efforts could face criminal charges as well.” ---" Residents in the area should be aware of this fire. A Type 1 Incident Management Team has been requested to manage this fire, and will be arriving Sunday.”

John Wiley Jul 09, 2017 02:02 AM
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The incident map apparently isn't online, so I'm impressed that Edhat was able to get and post it. Kudos! I've just posted to SBCitizen.com a couple of things I found.

MountainMan4865 Jul 09, 2017 12:08 AM
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Goaty, it's not a glow. However, I will concede that fires always look larger and closer in the dark. I know folk on Glen Annie that are watching flames, not glows. John Wiley has excellent photos on his site. Impressive (read scary) https://sbcitizenet.blogspot.com/

MountainMan4865 Jul 08, 2017 11:40 PM
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CAL Fire has ordered 50 Type Alpha Strike Teams for Goleta, what they ask for and what they get are not always the same, just so you know, there are 5 Engines per Strike Team, do the math, it's a lot (250). A friend said he could see fire on the mountain from Winchester Road to El Cap. Hopefully the onshore wind in the morning will inhibit the backing fire, and will allow what air resources are left to get some line down so that hand crews and other resources can get in and contain it before structures are threatened (fingers crossed). There is a helo flying tonight, but not sure for how long. The winds have died down up here, but the temp is still 89, with 24% humidity right now. Will give you more when I know more

John Wiley Jul 08, 2017 10:22 PM
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I've been having trouble getting Edhat to load, so after sending this I'll email a pic to Ed. I just posted that and several other aerial views of the fire on SBCitizen.com, and after sending to Edhat will begin posting info I can gather on the SBCitizen.com site. I welcome anyone else with info, pix or video to add it there if they can't get on Edhat. Pretty scary night ahead, with SBA forecasting 6 more hours of strong Sundowner wind at 1,000' feet and above!

woodruff Jul 09, 2017 12:06 AM
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At 11:30 pm, parked on the roadside of Cathedral Oaks near the intersection with Los Carneros, I could see bright flames low in the canyon just ahead on the right. There was no wind, though, and the humidity felt high.

shorebird Jul 08, 2017 07:57 PM
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Ash is falling at Calle Real and N San Marcos. The pool is like ash soup and all the plants and cars look like they have dandruff.

Roger Jul 08, 2017 07:54 PM
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Animal rescue team posted several hours ago on Facebook that they might need help evacuating that the fire was close I sure hope they got out of there, or are all right.

MountainMan4865 Jul 08, 2017 07:35 PM
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It's at 3,000 acres, heard it hit Condor Peak and had slopped over the ridge. But I don't think the winds are going to show up, and the smoke it far less than what it was an hour ago. We had a lot of ash falling in Painted Cave, very dark, but that's largely cleared up. Keeping our fingers crossed.

Roger Jul 08, 2017 06:49 PM
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Looks like a lot of smoke in our foothills...Just heard alittle bit from Search and Rescue checking homes on Park Road not sure where that is.

MountainMan4865 Jul 08, 2017 06:43 PM
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The children have been evacuated from the campground and relocated to Mission Santa Ynez. Initally I heard 12 aircraft were ordered, they say that "they've been hitting hard on the Eastern and Southern flanks", but I only know of 1 drop for certain. Not saying that they haven't happened.

a-1566378888 Jul 08, 2017 04:19 PM
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Evacuation center at San Marcos High School 4750 Hollister / Turnpike Small Animals to SB Humane Society 5399 Overpass Rd. Large animal evacuations, call hotline (805) 681-4332.

a-1566378888 Jul 08, 2017 02:50 PM
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This is from the Wildland Residents Association website about 2:15pm today: ***WHITTIER FIRE*** by mwilliams Santa Barbara County Fire and US Forest Service are responding to a working multi-alarm brush fire at Camp Whittier. The first units on scene report the fire in the area of the “Rope Course” at about ten acres with several structures threatened. Updated reports indicate that the fire has entered the Circle V and Rancho Alegre area and is over 200 acres with a rapid rate of spread moving east. The camp has been evacuated with assistance of the Sheriff’s Department. There are several reports of spot fires in addition to the primary fire. SR-154 has been closed at the SR-246 roundabout and Paradise Road. There is heavy traffic in the area.

a-1566378888 Jul 08, 2017 02:05 PM
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CHP 1:59 PM 11 [46] 29-S3 REQ TO KNOW ETA 1:53 PM 10 [38] 1039 VTCC 1:53 PM 9 [37] 3-S2 REQ START CAL TRANS 1:52 PM 8 [36] A3-042 COPIES / AT ROUND A BOUT NOW / CAN CLOSE IT NOW IF 3-S2 WANTS 1:52 PM 7 [35] 3-S2 REQ OUR UNIT CLOSE 246/154 1:52 PM 6 [34] 3-S2 COPIES / HAVE SANTA BARBARA UNIT CLOSE SR154 AT PARADISE 1:50 PM 5 [31] [Notification] [CHP]-LOS PADRES REQ CHP TO CLOSE THE RD AT ROUNDABOUT AND 154/PARADISE 1:49 PM 4 [30] A3-042 REQ ADDITIONAL UNIT TO SHUT RDWY DOWN 1:41 PM 3 [2] ADDTL CALLER ADVD WB 154 ACROSS FRM LAKE CACHUMA // HEAVY SMOKE 1:41 PM 2 [5] [2] BRISH FIRE VIS FRM 154 1:41 PM 1 [1] RP ADVD VEH CAUGHT ON FIRE / NOW CATCHING HILLSIDE ON FIRE

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