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Don't stop, keep going: Residents asked not to stop to view Whittier Fire

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A view of the Whittier fire from Vandenberg AFB. (Credit: Rodney Speed via Facebook) A view of the Whittier fire from Vandenberg AFB. (Credit: Rodney Speed via Facebook)

Flames can be mesmerizing, captivating, something you might want to capture on film forever. In doing so, motorists have been compelled to stop on Highway 101 to watch the Whittier Fire burn, but fire officials are asking you to do the opposite: don't stop, and keep moving. 

Santa Barbara County Fire says there have been reports of motorists stopping along Highway 101 for a glimpse of the fire, causing huge delays. These delays can also become a significant hazard to fire crews, yourself, and other motorists in the area, as well as hindering the firefighter's progress if someone ends up in their way. 

Highway 154 has been shut down due to evacuations and the fire's growth. The closure has pushed traffic to the 101, clogging up traffic more than usual. 

With more traffic, comes more obstacles for our fire crews to tackle, and you can imagine how exhausting that battle already has been for them. 

If possible, firefighters ask residents to find alternate routes and avoid northbound 101 as much as possible. As always, keep your eyes on the road and drive safely to your next destination. 

The same goes for residents looking to reach out and help fire crews. Santa Barbara County officials ask residents to avoid the incident command post. 

"In order for fire personnel to have unrestricted access to the site, and for safety reasons, we ask that the public not attempt to reach the incident command post," the announcement on the county website read. "Thank you for your continued support and concern for those protecting our community during this and future incidents." 

If you're at a safe place, not clogging up traffic, we'd love to see your photos and videos of the fire. Email news@ksby.com or post them to our Facebook and Twitter pages with the hashtag #beonksby. 

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