#WhittierFire | California | Newly Reported!

NEAR GOLETA, CALIFORNIA | A wildfire is burning near Goleta, California from an unknown cause that began on July 8, 2017.  It is burning on both sides of the Ynez Mountains that is located South of Highway 154 in the Lake Cachuma (Santa Barbara County) area..

INCIDENT SUMMARY

Location

The wildfire started on July 8, 2017, from an unknown cause is about 11 miles NE of Goleta, and burning on the Los Padres National Forest.

Cause

Its cause is unknown but is being thoroughly investigated by Law Enforcement agencies.

Size

The fire has scorched 11,823 acres of chaparral and brush.  Fire crews have reached a successful containment of 48%.  NOTE :  When 100% contained has been reached, it does not necessarily mean the full is completely out.  Wildland firefighters will be working to continue to suppress and contain this wildfire until it is completely out.

RESOURCES

Personnel

There are 721 personnel assigned to this incident.

Equipment

There are 21 crews, 97 engines and 8 helicopters attached.

Incident Cooperators

  • CAL FIRE
  • American Red Cross
  • CA Conversation Corps
  • CA Highway Patrol (CHP)
  • CA Dept of Corrections (CA DOC)
  • CA Office of Emergency Services (CA OES)
  • Santa Barbara County Fire Department (SBCoFD)
  • Santa Barbara County Sheriff Office (SBCoSO)
  • South California Edison (Utilities)
  • US Dept of Agriculture (USDA) Fire Service
  • Los Padres National Forest (Los Padres NF)
  • Ventura County Fire Department (VCFD)

CURRENT CONDITIONS

Fire Status

Fire behavior is moderate with uphill runs, backing and flanking.  Structures and energy infrastructure is still being currently threatened.

Damage Assessments

The wildfire has destroyed 8 residential structures and 12 outbuildings.

Cost-to-Date

The cost for fire suppression and containment costs-to-date is $2.3 Million.

Whittier Fire

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EVACUATIONS

Mandatory

  • Highway 154 from Armour Ranch (West side) to Paradise Road (East side)
  • West CAmino Cielo @ Highway 154 to Winchester Gun Club
  • Kinevan Road

Warnings

  • Las Varas Canyon East to Winchester Canyon
  • From Highway 101 North to West Camino
  • Paradise Road to Highway 154 to the 1st River bridge crossing

SHELTERS

Humans

The American Red Cross is currently staffing a Shelter at the San Marcos High School, located at 4750 Hollister Avenue in Goleta, California.

Pets

Santa Barbara Humane Society has a shelter open for people and their pets at 5399 Overpass Road in Santa Barbara, California.

SOCIAL MEDIA

Hashtags

We are using the following hashtags for this incident. #WhittierFire #CAwildfire2017 #CA #smem

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