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Whittier Fire Evening Update for July 16, 2017

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

July 16, 2017 6:00 p.m.

Start Date: July 8, 2017 Cause: Under Investigation Size: 18,015 acres Containment: 49% Personnel: 2,271

Structures burned: 16 Residences destroyed 1 Residence damaged
30 Outbuildings destroyed 6 Outbuildings damaged

Location: Santa Ynez Mountains in local, federal and state responsibility areas south of Lake Cachuma

Current Situation: Highway 154 is open. 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: 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.

Fire Resources:
53 Fire Crews 144 Fire Engines 35 Water Tenders 4 Masticators
4 Fixed Wing 16 Helicopters 18 Bulldozers Total Personnel: 2,271

Weather Event: 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.

Fire Weather: Temp: 69-79 Relative Humidity: 28-33% Winds: 3-7 and gusts to 20 mph

Information Sources: A fire information call center is staffed and available to answer questions from 7:30 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. each day. Register at www.AwareAndPrepare.org to receive emergency alerts from Santa Barbara County. If we can’t reach you, we can’t alert you.

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.

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

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