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Willow Fire

Unit Information

Los Padres National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
1980 Old Mission Drive
Solvang, CA 93464

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Incident Contact

Willow Fire Public Information Officer
Phone: 831-242-0619
Hours: 8:-00am-4:30pm, Mon-Fri (media and public calls)

Highlighted Activity

06/24/2021 Willow Fire Evacuation Update
Effective 5:00 p.m., June 24, 2021, the Monterey County Sheriff's Office is lifting/modifying the following Evacuation Warnings and Orders and Road Closures: Evacuation Warnings Lifted:Zone WF-2:...
News - 06/24/2021
Willow Fire early evening June 18, 2021Image options: [ Full Size ]

The weather is expected to be hotter and dryer through the remainder of the weekend. Winds should remain moderate, and the fire is not expected to increase in size during this time. Firefighters continue to extinguish individual hot spots and remain prepared to assist in initial attack on any new fire starts. Suppression repair continues along the contingency fire control lines (away from the fire’s edge) that were constructed earlier during the fire. Suppression repair consists of actions taken to repair damages and minimize potential soil erosion and impacts resulting from fire suppression activities.
As this critical work continues, firefighting resources no longer needed to meet the fire suppression objectives are being slowly released back to their home units or being reassigned to other fires.

Basic Information

Current as of
Incident TypeWildfire
Date of OriginThursday June 17th, 2021 approx. 08:00 PM
LocationArroyo Seco Recreational Area, Tassajara Hot Springs, Ventana Wilderness
Incident CommanderIC Christopher Holloway - US Forest Service
Incident DescriptionWildfire
Coordinates36.207 latitude, -121.56 longitude

Current Situation

Total Personnel7
Size2,877 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained100%
Estimated Containment DateSunday July 11th, 2021 approx. 12:00 AM
Fuels Involved

Chaparral (6 feet), Brush (2 feet), Tall grass (2.5 feet)

Significant Events

Small isolated islands within the fire perimeter continue to hold small pockets of smoldering and creeping fire.


Planned Actions

Crews will continue to access the fire perimeter cold trailing and improving direct control lines.

Projected Incident Activity

No fire spread is expected.


Evacuation warnings have been lifted at 1800 hours around Arroyo Seco Recreation area and the Tassajara Hotsprings. The incident has transitioned to a local type 3 organization and is no longer in unified command with Monterey County Sheriffs.

Current Weather

Weather Concerns

A flattening ridge of high pressure will result in seasonal temperatures and a return of deeper marine air over the lower elevations of the fire through the forecast period. Expect gradually improving overnight RH recoveries as the marine layer thickens into midweek. Diurnal, terrain driven winds will continue to prevail over the lower elevations of the fire with a return of southwesterly flow over the higher elevations and ridgetops.