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One year later: Vegetation slowly regrows after Whittier Fire

Posted at 12:08 PM, Jul 08, 2018
and last updated 2018-07-08 15:08:46-04

It’s been one year since the Whittier Fire broke out on Highway 154 between Santa Ynez and Santa Barbara. 

Beginning on July 8, 2017, the Whittier Fire burned more than 18,000 acres and caused about $30 million in damages. 

Just two weeks ago, Rancho Alegre Camp, a camp run by the Boy Scouts of America, celebrated the beginning to their reconstruction project. According to the camp, 47 of their 52 structures were destroyed. 

Fire crews announced the cause of the fire in February – seven months after the fire happened – to be a vehicle. The driver’s name was never released due to the person’s age. That investigation is still ongoing.