Los Padres National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
6750 Navigator Way
Goleta, CA 93117
Start Date: July 8, 2017 Cause: Under Investigation Size: 18,430 acres Containment: 100% Personnel: 0
Location: Santa Ynez Mountains south of Lake Cachuma
Current Situation: Los Padres National Forest officials declared the Whittier Fire “out” at 5 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 31, after a final infrared flight showed no heat remaining within the containment perimeter.
The Whittier Fire began July 8 near the Lake Cachuma Recreation Area and burned 18,430 acres across northwest Santa Barbara County, mostly on National Forest System lands.
The Burned Area Emergency Response (BAER) Team has evaluated the burned area watersheds and identified emergency treatments necessary to protect sensitive resources.
Information Sources: For more fire information, check inciweb.nwcg.gov or call the Los Padres National Forest at (805) 968-6640, Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Los Padres NF Closures: Information can be found at https://www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/lpnf/alerts-notices.
Video Library: Learn more about the Fire and Fire-Related Topics
Click here to watch a Video of Current Fire Conditions on the Whittier Fire, July 19th
Click here to watch a Video of Structure Protection Measures taken at Cold Springs Tavern, July 16th
Click here for a short video about the Role Of Liaison Officers in Managing Emergency Incidents
Click here for a short video about Burned Area Emergency Response (BAER) Teams
|Current as of|
|Cause||Unknown / Under Investigation|
|Date of Origin||Saturday July 08th, 2017 approx. 01:45 PM|
|Location||Camp Whittier near Lake Cachuma, Santa Ynez Mountains South of Hwy 154|
|Incident Commander||Los Padres National Forest|
|Coordinates||34.567 latitude, -119.953 longitude|
|Percent of Perimeter Contained||100%|
Chaparral and brush
No behavior observed
|Projected Incident Activity|
Smoke is no longer visible from surrounding communities.
All 105 miles of dozer line and roads have been rehabbed and repaired. There have been no further reports of smoke along the 154 corridor, and a final infrared flight on Dec. 31 showed no heat within the containment lines.