#SherpaFire Update – June 19, 2016

Updated 2245 Hours PDT


Incident Summary

The #SherpaFire started on June 15th around 1515 hours from an unknown ignition source which is still under investigation by Fire Officials.

The fire is located 11 miles N of Goleta and Camino Cielo Ridge, California.

Sherpa fire courtesy inciweb


The incident is under Unified Command with the following IC’s Opliger,  Vangerwen and Wiley of:

  • U.S. Forest Service
  • CAL Fire
  • Santa Barbara County FD

Resources – Fire

There are currently up to 1,926 Firefighters assigned to this fire that represent multiple Agencies.

Sherpa Fire (Credit: Amber, SB City FD)

Sherpa Fire (Credit: Amber, SB City FD)

Resources – Equipment

Current equipment resources on this fire are:

  • 130 engines
  • 10 water tenders
  • 62 hand crews
  • 6 dozers
  • 6 helicopters
  • 5 air tankers including the DC-10
Sherpa by LPF

Sherpa Fire (Credit: LPF)

Incident Cooperators

The following Agencies are working together on this fire represent the following:

  • American Red Cross
  • CAL Fire
  • CA Highway Patrol
  • CAL Trans
  • Montecito FD
  • Santa Barbara City FD
  • Santa Barbara County FD
  • Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office
  • U.S. Forest Service
  • Vandenburg Air Force Base

Current Status

The current Fire Behavior is:

  • Moderate
  • Flanking
  • Continued isolated torching

Containment Status:   Fire crews have been successful in reaching a 51% containment status around the fire.

Dozers 1 and 2. (Credit: Santa Barbara County Fire)

Total Acres Burned:  7,893 acres burned with the breakdown as:

  • 4,549 = State managed lands
  • 3,344 = Forest responsiblity lands

Fire Fuels include:

  • Chaparral
  • Tall grass
  • Brush

Future Tactics:   Once weather forecast is favorable, the East flank of the fire will hopefully be completely contained.

Significant Events

  • Study in Progress:  The San Dimas Technology Development Center in conjunction with the California Interagency Incident Management Team 4 is performing a Fire Retardant Effectiveness Study.
  • Evacuations:   410 evacuation contacts have been made through the sheriff’s office reverse 911 program.
Picture of fire taken by air attack

Air Attack 07. (Credit: Mark Nunez)


Mandatory Evacuations still in effect for:

  • Refugio Canyon
  • Venadito Canyon
  • Las Flores Canyon
  • El Capitan Canyon
  • El Capitan State Beach
  • El Capitan Ranch
  • Canada de la Destiladera
  • area east of the Refugio burn area up to Calle Lippizana, near the equestrian center

Warning Evacuations for the areas of:

  • Areas E of El Capitan Canyon to Farren Road
  • Las Llagas Canyon
  • Gato Canyon
  • Las Varas Canyon
  • Dos Pueblos Canyon
  • Eagle Canyon
  • 60 homes in Refugio Canyon
  • 80 homes in El Cap Ranch
  • Circle Bar B & “the Narrows”

Sherpa Fire. (Credit: CALFire)

Evacuation Shelter

The Red Cross has a shelter located at:

  • Wake Center @ Santa Barbara City College located at 300 N. Turnpike Road, Santa Barbara, California.

For Pets and Their People, Boarding resources:

  • Individuals with pets and livestock may contact Animal Service at 805-681-4332.

Weather Forecast

The National Weather Service has issued an “Excessive Heat Warning” for Santa Barbara County, including the Sherpa Fire Area.

  • Excessive Heat Warning until 6/20/2016 2000 Hours PDT (Monday)
  • Winds and Timing.  Gusts up to 40 mph are expected on Sunday evening into Morning morning.  Strongest through and below passes and canyons of the Santa Ynez Range.
  • Temps: Max temps from 95-105 degrees expected on Monday.


For more info related to the Weather forecast, health-related and driving tips, go to the National Weather Service link here —> https://weather.com/weather/alerts/localalerts/l/USCA1017:1:US?phenomena=EH&significance=W&areaid=CAZ039&office=KLOX&etn=0001

Sources for this Post

We have gleaned information from the following sources:

  • Inciweb
  • Santa Barbara County Fire
  • Los Padres NF
  • CALFire
  • Internet

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