Whittier Fire Morning Update for July 22nd.
Incident: Whittier Fire Wildfire
Start Date: July 8, 2017 Cause: Under Investigation Size: 18,430 acres Containment: 87% Personnel: 1,041
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: At 87% containment, there should be minimal fire activity today. Within the perimeter of the burn area, there may be some smoldering and creeping fire behavior, but no forward progression is expected.
Crews are continuing work in the front country to construct direct fire line. On all other sections of the fire, personnel are working on patrol, mop-up and suppression repair. Repairs include backhaul of equipment and construction of water bars for erosion control. The Burned Area Emergency Response (BAER) Team will begin their assessment early next week. This team will evaluate the burned area watersheds and identify emergency treatments necessary to protect sensitive resources.
As containment increases, some crews and equipment are being reassigned to other fires.
26 Fire Crews 36 Fire Engines 21 Water Tenders
13 Helicopters 8 Bulldozers 3 Masticators Total Personnel: 1,041
Weather: High pressure aloft will remain over the fire area Saturday and then weaken and move east on Sunday. Over the weekend, little change in temperature and humidity trends is expected. On Sunday, low pressure will develop off the Northwest California coast, bringing moisture from northern Mexico and the Gulf of California into the area. There is a slight chance of thunderstorms on Sunday night and Monday.
Fire Weather: Inland Temp: 89-96 Relative Humidity: 24-29% Winds: 3-6 mph and gusts to 15 mph
Front Country Temp: 76-82 Relative Humidity: 50-55% Winds: 2-5 mph
Information Sources: A fire information call center is staffed from 7:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. each day. Register at www.AwareAndPrepare.org to receive emergency alerts from Santa Barbara County, and get “firewise” by visiting http://www.sbcfire.com/ready-set-go or http://www.firewise.org/wildfire-preparedness/firewise-toolkit.aspx.
Road Closure: West Camino Cielo from the Winchester Gun Club to Refugio Road.
Evacuation Warning: Cachuma Village; 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.
Los Padres NF Closures: Information can be found at https://www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/lpnf/alerts-notices.
Safety Warning: Drive carefully along Highway 154 as engines and crews are still using the road to access the fire and remove unneeded equipment.
Drones: Flying a drone near or over a wildfire is illegal and dangerous. If you fly, we can’t.