Whittier fire loses containment, scorches 17364 acres; now only 36-percent contained


The Whittier fire burning in Los Padres National Forest in Santa Barbara County, Calif., has grown to more than 17,300 acres, which officials attributed Saturday in part to a combination of low humidity, high temperatures, steep terrain and brush fueling the fire on its southern flank. Equipment included 103 fire engines, 22 water tenders, six airplanes, 14 helicopters and 18 bulldozers.

Crews gained even more containment of the Alamo Fire overnight, bringing the total now to 95 percent.

Large old oak trees are continuing to burn well after the fire has passed, leaving hazardous snags along highways and firelines.

West Camino Cielo at Highway 154 to Winchester Gun Club, Kinevan Road.

Calle Real north to West Camino Cielo from Winchester Canyon Rd on the east to El Capitan Ranch Road on the west.

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Paradise Canyon Road from Highway 154 east to the first river crossing.

A fire burning in Santa Barbara County near Lake Cachuma grew 4,000 acres overnight to reach 17,000 acres after nearly a week of burning in the Los Padres National Forest. The order will expire when the fire is fully contained and controlled.

Fire officials expect sundowner winds Saturday evening, which will make containment more hard, according to the L.A. Times.

Flames have charred more than twice as much land mass in California so far in 2017 than a year earlier, according to a Forestry and Fire Protection spokeswoman.

The fire burned one home and another structure. The fire grew by almost 700 acres overnight.

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High-pressure, dry air remained over the area Saturday, creating conditions for gusty and locally strong Sundowner winds that were predicted to possibly push the fire toward populated areas Saturday evening.

Bridge Fire: The wildfire in the San Bernardino National Forest near Highland stood at 460 acres Saturday and was 35 to 40 percent contained.

7/15/17 at 7 P.M.: On Saturday, firefighters gained a percentage point in containment, upping it to 94 percent.

UPDATE 7/8/17 at 10:15 A.M.: Over 1000 firefighters are battling the blaze, with more on the way. It broke out July and burned 6,033 acres southeast of Oroville.

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