Whittier Fire Closure

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Whittier Fire Closure

Hwy 154 Closure Lifted

Incident: Whittier Fire Wildfire
Released: 7/16/2017

July 16, 2017

Highway 154 closure lifted

GOLETA, Calif, - After eight days of closure due to the Whittier Fire, the Highway 154 corridor is now open. The highway was closed Sunday, July 8, after the Whittier Fire erupted near Lake Cachuma and burned on both sides of the highway.

Firefighters have spent several days mopping-up hot spots and removing hazards such as rocks and fire-damaged trees. The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans), and Pacific Gas and Electric (PG&E) both mobilized quickly and have completed necessary repairs to the roadway and power lines.

Effective immediately the following closure has been lifted:

The following Evacuation Orders have been reduced to an Evacuation Warning:

The following Evacuation Orders remain valid:

Motorists travelling in the area are urged to drive with caution, focus on the roadway and not pull over along the shoulder to view the fire area. CHP and other law enforcement agencies are patrolling the area to protect the safety of motorists and fire personnel working near the highway.

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.


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

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Los Padres National Forest
Phone: 805-968-6640
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