WEATHER »
Whittier Fire burns visibly over Dos Pueblos High School late in the day.

Jackie Botts

Whittier Fire burns visibly over Dos Pueblos High School late in the day.


Darkness Highlights Whittier’s Flames


As the sun set in the west through the smoke puffed by Whittier Fire, active fire along the southwest area below Santa Ynez Peak was highlighted by the increasing darkness. Fire officials assured that the flare-up visible from town was not a threat — about two miles from any homes, said Captain Mike Lindbery, spokesperson for unified command. The blaze had been held in check by water and retardant drops during the day but was fanned by onshore breezes. No active flames threaten the Edison towers as of today.

Firefighters on the front lines continued building and reinforcing dozer containment lines on the east and west sides on Thursday. On the west, the fire made runs up some steeper slopes. More personnel and equipment were assembling in the Goleta foothills for expected sundowner conditions Friday evening. Containment was up to 52 percent, and personnel had increased to 1,240.

Related Stories

Blue Skies over Whittier Fire



Be succinct, constructive, and relevant to the story. Leaving a comment means you agree to our Discussion Guidelines. We like civilized discourse. We don't like spam, lying, profanity, harassment or personal attacks.

comments powered by Disqus
event calendar sponsored by: