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City of Goleta, evacuations, what's next: Everything to know about Whittier Fire

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Smoke column over Whittier Fire. (Photo from InciWeb) Smoke column over Whittier Fire. (Photo from InciWeb)

UPDATE: The Whittier Fire has been upgraded from 36 percent to 49 percent containment. 


A lot of roads, terms, alerts and general information has been thrown around on the Whittier Fire lately, so we've decided to help put a few visuals together to help clear the air. 

Where is the fire burning?

The current uncontrolled fire line is burning southwest of Cachuma Lake, Santa Ynez Peak and Broadcast Peak, and is within five miles northwest of Goleta. 

Where are the evacuation orders and closures in effect? 


  • Highway 154 from Armour Ranch Road on the west to Paradise Road on the east. 
  • Paradise Road from 154 east to the first river crossing. 
  • W. Camino Cielo from the Winchester Gun Club east to Highway 154, Kinevan Road, including the Rosario Park and all of Stagecoach Road.
  • All of Winchester Canyon Road, excluding the community of Wagon Wheel, Langlo Ranch Road and Winchester Commons, west to El Capitan Ranch Road 
  • Calle Real north to West Camino Cielo from Winchester Canyon Rd on the East to El Capitan Ranch Road on the west. 
  • If you are in this area you are advised to leave immediately. If you are not in this area, avoid the area and Highway 154 entirely. Highway 154 is closed from 246 to Foothill Road. 

The south evacuation shelter is open at San Marcos High School, 4750 Hollister Ave., Goleta. For animal evacuation questions and offers of assistance, call the Animal Services hotline at (805) 681-4332. 


*All roads affected by the above Evacuation Orders are closed.
The Los Padres National Forest is under Stage II Fire Restrictions order. 
Hwy 154 is closed from State Route 246 to Foothill Road. 
Highway 154 is anticipated to open Sunday evening, once the following is done: moving fire equipment and other large equipment, ensuring that all road repair activities have been completed, and placing appropriate signage along the roads. 
When the highway is reopened, please drive with caution as fire crews will still be working along the highway.

What's next?

Fire crews are working on structure defense, direct and indirect line construction, contingency line construction, mopping up and improving existing lines to gain more containment. 

The Whittier Fire started July 8 and has burned about 18,015 acres. A total of 1,612 people are working on the fire and together they have reached a 49 percent containment. Several structures were destroyed or damaged in its path.

Highway 154 reopened Sunday evening, and Santa Barbara County declared a local emergency due to the Alamo and Whittier wildfires. 

Follow our weather personnel to understand more on the weather concerns surrounding the fire's growth. 

You can find more information about the Whittier Fire on Santa Barbara County's website or InciWeb

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