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Whittier Fire Update - July 17, 10:15 a.m.

Post Date:07/17/2017 10:28 AM

The Whittier Fire has burned18,311 acresand is at 49% containment.2,271personnel are working the incident.

The fire is smoldering on the northern flank. On the eastern and western sides of the fire, expect some flanking runs as the main fire backs into drainage bottoms and aligns with slopes. Tactical firing operations may be used to eliminate unburned fuels near containment lines. The eastern side of the fire is established in the bottom of Bear Creek; however, the fire has not crossed the creek.

Dry and warm air will remain over the region today with temperatures and humidity trends showing little change over the mountains. The coastal section of the fire will see increasing offshore winds. As the high pressure system moves towards the east, a slight cooling trend will develop, with winds over the peaks coming from the northwest to north direction.

Highway 154 is open.

The following Evacuation Warning has been lifted:Paradise Road is open

The following Evacuation Orders have been lifted:

  • West Camino Cielo is open to the Winchester Gun Club, including Kinevan Road
  • Rosario Park, all of Stagecoach Road and Cold Springs are open

The following Evacuation Warning remains valid:Cachuma Village

The following Evacuation Orders remain valid:

  • All of Winchester Canyon Road excluding the community of Wagon Wheel, Langlo Ranch Road and Winchester Commons, west to El Capitan Ranch Road
  • West Camino Cielo from the Winchester Gun Club to Refugio Road
  • 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

Fire restrictions have been implemented and a Forest Closure Order is in effect in the area of the fire. For more specific information go to Los Padres Forest website Alerts and Notices or call the Los Padres National Forest at (805) 968-6640.

The Whittier Fire will continue to smolder for some time. These “smokers” are well inside the perimeter of the burn and do not pose a threat to the fireline.

The most updated information on the fire can be found here:https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/ or www.countyofsb.org.If you prefer to talk to someone, you can call 2-1-1 24/hours a day.