Firefighters are making progress on several wildfires burning throughout California, including the weeks-long Whittier Fire in Santa Barbara County. The threat level on the east side of the fire has been reduced significantly and, with conditions improving, some evacuation orders have been lifted, according to Cal FIRE.
Burning in the Lake Cachuma area, south of Highway 154, the Whittier Fire is now 18,015 acres and 49 percent contained. On just the Whittier Fire alone, there are 1,612 firefighters assigned, including 103 fire engines, 38 hand-crews, 16 dozers, 14 helicopters, and 22 water tenders and 18 bulldozers. The coordinated public safety effort consists of various local, state and federal agencies including Santa Barbara County Sheriff, California Highway Patrol, Caltrans, Southern CA Edison, PG&E, Goleta Water District, Santa Barbara County Office of Emergency Management, American Red Cross … continue reading »
SACRAMENTO – Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. today issued an emergency proclamation for Santa Barbara County due to the effects of the Alamo and Whittier fires, which have burned thousands of acres, damaged agriculture, businesses and critical infrastructure including power lines, threatened homes and caused the evacuation of residents.
Link to Governor’s Proclamation’s page: https://www.gov.ca.gov/news.php?id=19876
The full text of the proclamation is below:
PROCLAMATION OF A STATE OF EMERGENCY
WHEREAS on July 6, 2017, the Alamo Fire, and on July 8, 2017 the Whittier Fire, began burning and have rapidly burned thousands of acres of land and continue to burn in Santa Barbara County; and
WHEREAS these fires have destroyed structures and continue to threaten homes, necessitating the evacuation of residents; and
WHEREAS these fires have damaged and continue to threaten critical infrastructure, including major power lines, and have forced … continue reading »