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Whittier Fire

Unit Information

Los Padres National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
6750 Navigator Way
Goleta, CA 93117

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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 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

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

Basic Information

Current as of
Incident TypeWildfire
CauseUnknown / Under Investigation
Date of OriginSaturday July 08th, 2017 approx. 01:45 PM
LocationCamp Whittier near Lake Cachuma, Santa Ynez Mountains South of Hwy 154
Incident CommanderLos Padres National Forest
Incident DescriptionWildfire
Coordinates34.567 latitude, -119.953 longitude

Current Situation

Size18,430 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained100%
Fuels Involved

Chaparral and brush

Significant Events

No behavior observed


Planned Actions


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.