White Fire, Day 2

2:30 pm – from wildlandfire:
“The White Fire appears to be taking off based upon this image from the only live streaming webcam I have found of the fire: http://levi.maaia.com/live-weather-data/#cam

This is the first time today smoke has been visible from this view… it has changed rather dramatically fast… according to various reports the fixed-wing have been pulled off the fire due to high winds.”

From this morning’s inciweb:

Incidents > California > Los Padres National Forest > White Fire
White Fire

Approximate Location

34.543 latitude, -119.801 longitude
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Incident Overview

The White Fire started Monday, May 27, 2013 at approximately 2:45 pm. Currently the fire has burned 1,800 acres and is threatening 50 residence, 5 commerical properties and 50 outbuildings and other structures. The fire is 10% contained. Paradise Road was evacuated yesterday afternoon. According to Sheriff Department officials, two to three thousand people were evacuated. A structure protection group is in place along Paradise Road. There is a hard closure of Paradise Road starting at the Forest Service kiosk. Today there will be 6 air tankers, 2 air attacks and 4 helicopters conducting aerial attack. The fire went through Sage Hill Campground but the damage is unknown at this time. The fire also went through the Forest Service compound and damaged one building and one privately owned vehicle and destroyed another.
Cooperating agencies include: US Forest Service, Santa Barbara County, Santa Barbara City, Carpinteria/Summerland Fire, Montecito Fire, Lompoc Fire, Santa Maria City Fire, Chumash Fire, Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Department, Santa Barbara County Search and Rescue, California Highway Patrol and the American Red Cross.
Resources currently assigned to the fire include: 13 crews, 45 engines, 4 dozers, 4 water tenders, 3 patrols and 80 overhead.

Basic Information
Incident Type Wildfire
Cause Under Investigation
Date of Origin Monday May 27th, 2013 approx. 02:30 PM
Location Santa Barbara
Incident Commander Mark Nunez
Current Situation
Total Personnel 563
Size 1,800 acres
Percent Contained 10%
Estimated Containment Date Monday June 03rd, 2013 approx. 12:00 AM
Fuels Involved
Chaparral, grass, brush and oak trees
Fire Behavior
Fire remains active on the north and east flanks.
Significant Events
A closure remains in effect for Paradise Road and the lower Santa Ynez recreation area involving multiple trails and campgrounds.
Planned Actions
Continue suppression and begin mop up.
Growth Potential
Terrain Difficulty
California Central Coast Incident Team 7 (Nunez) will assume command of the incident at 6:00 am today. Red Cross Evacuation Center is set up at the Wake Center, located at 300 North Turnpike, Goleta, CA. Large animal shelter is set up at the Earl Warren Showgrounds, Santa Barbara, CA. There were approximately 1,000 day use visitors and campers evacuated yesterday. The evacuation remains in effect.
Current Weather
Wind Conditions 25 mph NE
Temperature 78-84 degrees
Humidity 28%

Los Padres National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
6755 Hollister Avenue
Suite 150
Goleta, CA 93117
Andrew Madsen
Phone: 805-895-0841 ext. 759
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