whittier fire

A new interactive map will be released this week to show vulnerable areas on the South Coast following the recent mudflow disaster in Southern Santa Barbara County.

The office of emergency services is working on the updated data to show where another hard rain could cause possible flooding or property loss.

(Photo by Mike Eliason, Santa Barbara County Fire Department)

Investigators say a teenager driving a vehicle through tall grass accidentally triggered last summer’s destructive Whittier brush fire in Santa Barbara County.

It was a fire which raged out of control for weeks, threatening homes and prompting some evacuations. The blaze burned more than 18,000 acre of land and destroyed 16 homes.

A firefighter who helped get dozens of kids, and staff members at a summer camp to safety during a major brush fire in Santa Barbara County was thrust into the national spotlight by President Trump.

The firefighter was one of the guests hailed as a hero at last night’s State of the Union address in Washington, D.C.

(Photo by Mike Eliason, Santa Barbara County Fire Department)

A major brush fire on the Central and South Coasts is finally out, but it’s not the huge fire that’s been in the news for the past month.

It’s the Whittier Fire, which started July 8th near Lake Cachuma, in Santa Barbara County. The blaze destroyed 16 homes, and 30 other buildings as it burned south over the Santa Ynez Mountains to threaten homes on the coast.

(Photo by Mike Eliason, Santa Barbara County Fire Department)

An 18,000 acre brush fire in Santa Barbara County is now officially contained, some three months after it started.

Owners of a summer camp in the Santa Ynez Valley where a number of kids and staff members were trapped by last month’s massive Whittier brush fire say they will rebuild the damaged facility.

Two lodge buildings were destroyed, and the water system was heavily damaged as the blaze moved through the Circle V Ranch Camp. St. Vincent de Paul of Los Angeles had to cancel the remaining camps planned for this summer. All events through next May are being rescheduled.

(Photo by Mike Eliason, Santa Barbara County Fire Department)

It dropped from the headlines weeks ago, but some firefighters are still mopping up the Whittier brush fire in Santa Barbara County.

The 18,000 acre fire in the Santa Ynez Mountains south of Lake Cachuma started nearly a month ago, on July 8th. The fire destroyed 16 homes, and a number of other structures as it raged out of control during its first few days. Containment remains at 87%.

It’s hot, it’s sticky, and there’s concern than locally heavy showers, and thunderstorms could lead to some flash flooding on the South Coast.

The National Weather Service issued a flash flood watch for until at least 10 p.m. Wednesday for the Santa Barbara, Ventura, and San Luis Obispo County mountains, as well as the Cuyama Valley.

There’s special concern for areas burned recently by the Alamo Fire northeast of Santa Maria, and the Whittier fire in the Santa Ynez mountains.

Santa Barbara County’s Whittier brush fire put up some visible smoke Thursday, but the more than two and a half week old blaze still remains at 87% containment.

Some plumes of smoke were visible coming from the Dos Pueblos Canyon area.

Containment Up To 87% On Whittier Brush Fire

Jul 23, 2017
(Photo by Mike Eliason, Santa Barbara County Fire Department)

Firefighters are continuing mopup operations on the 18,000 acre Whittier brush fire in Santa Barbara County, with no major new problems reported.

Containment is up to 87%, and there has been no significant growth in the fire for the last few days. The firefighting effort continues to be downsized, with nighttime firefighting operation ending over the weekend, and the number of personnel involved down to around 800.

Firefighters are hoping to get full containment of the fire in the next week.

(Photo by Mike Eliason, Santa Barbara County Fire Department)

Firefighters are continuing to close in on containment on the 18,000 plus acre Whittier brush fire in Santa Barbara County.

The blaze in the Santa Ynez mountains south of Lake Cachuma is now 83% contained, with crews still optimistic about full containment by the end of the month. The fire, which began July 8th, destroyed 16 homes, and 30 other structures. It closed most of Highway 154 for more than a week.

(Photo by Mike Eliason, Santa Barbara County Fire Department)

Firefighters are continuing to make big progress in efforts to stop the Whittier brush fire, which has been burning since July 8th in Santa Barbara County.

Containment is up to 78% on the 18,000 acre blaze, which has shown very little growth since last weekend.

More than 1200 firefighters are still involved in working on the fire, but that’s down from around 2,000 at the fire’s peak. Some have been shifted to other fires in the state, while others have returned home.

Firefighters have said they hope to have total containment by the end of the month.

The 18,000 acre Whittier brush fire in Santa Barbara County destroyed 16 homes, and 30 other structures.

Still, it threatened many times more buildings than that before firefighters stopped the flames.

One of the buildings in the path of the flames was a former stagecoach stop turned tavern which is more than 130 years old. The popular lunch, dinner and cocktails spot came through the inferno intact, and it just reopened Wednesday.

Firefighters say they now hope to have total containment of the Whittier brush fire south of Lake Cachuma by the end of the month.

Containment is now up to 75% on the blaze, which has charred more than 18,000 acres of land. Ground crews are trying to build fire lines in areas they can reach, while an aerial armada of 16 helicopters is focused on remote spots.

(Photo by Mike Eliason, Santa Barbara County Fire Department)

Milder weather is helping fire crews to continue to move towards full containment of the Whittier brush fire in Santa Barbara County.

Containment is now up to 75% on the blaze, which has charred more than 18,000 acres of land. There’s been very little growth of the fire since Saturday.  The conditions have allowed firefighters to move in closer to areas of the fire which were once too dangerous to reach.

The fire started July 8th south of Lake Cachuma. 16 homes have been destroyed by the blaze. 

The cause of the fire is still under investigation.

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