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Battle against Whittier Fire leads to evacuation order

Battle against Whittier Fire leads to evacuation order

The Whittier fire has burned 13,199 acres and is 52-percent contained as of this morning.

About 2,700 hundred people have been evacuated.

The areas affected are include Winchester Canyon Road, west to El Capitan Ranch Road, excluding the Winchester Commons and Wagon Wheel/Langlo Ranch Road community.

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

The evacuation order was effective at 11 a.m.

Highway 154 has also been closed to the public from Highway 246 to Foothill Road, as well as the Los Padres National Forest in the area where the wildfire is burning.

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

More than 1,600 firefighters were working the blaze, assisted by water-bombing planes and helicopters.

Firefighters are expecting sundowner winds Friday and Saturday nights, which could push flames from the blaze down the slope toward populated areas west of Goleta.

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But he said the unified command had increased resources significantly for the sundowner winds expected to hit Friday evening.

Temperatures were expected to range anywhere from 95 to 101 degrees, with 10- to 15-percent humidity, and wind speeds expected at 10 to 15 miles per hour, with gusts up to 35 miles per hour. "We're always concerned when there's a fire in our backyard", he said. The combination of old, dry fuels with a newly cured heavy grass crop contributed to the rapid growth of the fire, officials said.

"The east and west flanks of the fire continue to burn towards established containment lines".

For large animal evacuations, call the Animal Services hotline at 681-4332.

The center will accept small pets for those who are temporarily residing there, and the Santa Barbara Humane Society is also available to assist evacuees with small animals, Hoover said.

The fire has consumed more than 17,000 acres in Santa Barbara County northwest of Los Angeles and high winds caused it to expand overnight. To check on the air quality visit www.ourair.org/todays-air-quality.

As for the Alamo fire, county officials said crews made good progress constructing and maintaining lines Thursday night, bringing containment to 92 percent with 28,687 acres burned. "If they stay that way, we should make it through the night OK". Crews will remain along the perimeter into next week to remove all firefighting equipment.

An evacuation warning remained in place for residents in Tepusquet Canyon. Tepusquet Road is open to residents only from Highway 166 to Santa Maria Mesa Road.

Gina Kim covers crime and courts for Santa Maria Times.


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