#SherpaFire on the #LosPadresNF (CA) – June 20, 2016

Updated 2000 Hours PDT

Incident Summary

The #SherpaFire started on June 15th around 1515 hours from an unknown ignition source which is still being investigated by Law Enforcement and Fire Officials.

It is located 11 miles N of Goleta, Camino and Cielo Ridges, California.

Sherpa fire courtesy inciweb

There has been 7,893 acres burned.

As of this evening, Fire crews have reached a 54% containment status but Managers say the fire can still grow in size.


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:

  • 129 engines
  • 13 water tenders
  • 61  hand crews
  • 14 dozers
  • 18 helicopters
  • 5 air tankers including 1 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  is:

  • Moderate
  • Little fire growth overnight
  • Short runs (along the N & E runs )
  • Crews continue to make good progress in securing the W side of the fire.
  • Fire continues to flank on the E side, moving up Corral Canyon and on the Santa Ynez Peak to the E side

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


Mandatory Evacuations have been lifted and some have become Warnings for the folloing areas:

  • Refugio Canyon – N of the 1800 block
  • Venadito Canyon
  • Canada de la Destiladera
  • Las Flores Canyon
  • Calle Lippizana (near the Equestrian Center)


  • El Capitan Canyon (until June 25th)
  • Refugio Canyon (N of 1800 block) to possible reopen on June 25th
  • “The Narrows” – Closed to non-traffic from 0700-0900 and 1800-2000 hours.

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.

Current Forecast

Current weather in Goleta is:

  • Sunny
  • 67-degrees
  • 0% Precip
  • 71% Humidity
  • Winds – 5mph


Sources for this Post

We have gleaned information from the following sources:

  • Inciweb
  • Santa Barbara County Fire
  • Los Padres NF
  • CALFire
  • The National Weather Service
  • Internet

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