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Whittier Fire Update for July 25, 2017

Incident: Whittier Fire Wildfire
Released: 7/25/2017

Final Whittier Fire Update

July 25, 2017 10:00 a.m.


Fire Information Call Center - (805) 699-6451 until 7:00 p.m.

Los Padres National Forest Fire Information - (805) 968-6640 https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5339/

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Start Date: July 8, 2017 Cause: Under Investigation Size: 18,430 acres Containment: 87% Personnel: 511

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

Location: Santa Ynez Mountains south of Lake Cachuma

Current Situation: - At 7:00 am on Wednesday, July 26, California Interagency Incident Management Team 3 (CIIMT3) will transition command of the Whittier Fire to a local incident management team.

No significant fire activity is expected today. There are still isolated pockets of heat and unburned islands within the fire perimeter, but no forward progression is likely. Crews are continuing work in the front country to construct and improve fire line.

Personnel are working on patrol, mop-up and suppression repair. Approximately 40 miles of dozer line and roads have been repaired. The Burned Area Emergency Response (BAER) Team is evaluating the burned area watersheds to identify emergency treatments necessary to protect sensitive resources.

Fire Resources:
11 Fire Crews 14 Fire Engines 8 Water Tenders
8 Helicopters 6 Bulldozers 3 Masticators Total Personnel: 511

Weather: Mostly clear and seasonably warm conditions will prevail over the burn area today and tonight. Humidity is expected to fall into the 20 to 30% range for inland areas this afternoon, with higher humidity on the coastal side. There will be low lying clouds and fog up to 1500 feet later tonight. Southeast winds will be gusty at times up to 15 mph this morning. Winds will diminish to 10 mph or less this afternoon and turn southwest tonight.

Fire Weather: Inland Temp: 84-90 Relative Humidity: 20-25% Winds: 2-5 mph and gusts to 10 mph

Front Country Temp: 75-80 Relative Humidity: 50-60% Winds: 1-3 mph

Information Sources: This is the final Whittier Fire update. The fire information call center will be staffed today from 7:30 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. The current phone numbers will be disconnected tonight. The Los Padres National Forest will be providing fire information beginning Wednesday. Check inciweb.nwcg.gov or call the Los Padres National Forest at (805) 968-6640, Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Road Closure: West Camino Cielo from the Winchester Gun Club to Refugio Road.

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 roadways.

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Los Padres National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
6750 Navigator Way
Suite 150
Goleta, CA 93117

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Los Padres National Forest
Phone: 805-968-6640
Hours: 9 AM until 5 PM

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