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Whittier Fire, Day 7

Fire crews focus on reinforcing lines ahead of the southern front of the fire while preparing to defend homes from El Capitan to Winchester Canyon.

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Fire crews survey El Capitan Ranch, determining what their strategy will be in defending the properties, should the Whittier Fire jump the fire breaks established to the north.

Published on July 14, 2017

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Fire crews prepare to defend properties in El Capitan Ranch from the advancing Whittier Fire on Friday, July 14th.

Published on July 14, 2017

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Fire crews prepare to defend properties in El Capitan Ranch from the advancing Whittier Fire on Friday, July 14th.

Published on July 14, 2017

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Strike teams of firefighters assigned to devisions across the southern flank of the Whittier Fire prepare to defend homes in the El Capitan Ranch neighborhood off of Calle Real. The community is under a mandatory evacuation order.

Published on July 14, 2017

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A bulldozer returns down a ridge in El Capitan Ranch after establishing one of the fire breaks that fire crews hope will contain the fire's southward march.

Published on July 14, 2017

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Fire crews prepare to defend properties in El Capitan Ranch from the advancing Whittier Fire on Friday, July 14th.

Published on July 14, 2017

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A fire captain surveys the northern reaches of El Capitan Ranch, ahead of a hotshot crew.

Published on July 14, 2017

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A Type 1 fire engine and its crew prepare for and await the southward march of the Whittier Fire as the smoke plume from the fire is carried southeast.

Published on July 14, 2017

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The active edge of the Whittier Fire approaches fire lines created by coating a bulldozed ridge with fire retardant.

Published on July 14, 2017

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A hotshot crew ascends the northern reaches of El Capitan Ranch to complete hand lines intended to stop or slow the southward spread of the Whittier Fire on July 14th.

Published on July 14, 2017

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Hotshot crews make their way out of El Capitan Ranch in a trio of Type 3 engines after completing fire breaks below the active edge of the fire.

Published on July 14, 2017

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A Type 1 fire engine and its crew prepare for and await the southward march of the Whittier Fire late Friday night as the fire grew by over 3,000 acres, igniting the southern slopes of the Santa Ynez Range.

Published on July 14, 2017

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