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Tuesday, May 28, 2013

CA-LPF-WHITE Vegetation Fire 1,984 acres, 100% contained, Los Padres National Forest [Final] #CaFire

White Fire, CA-LPF 1473, Vegetation Fire, Los Padres National Forest  

Evacuations: Evacuation order for all of Paradise Rd. And Boy Scout camp in the area.  Campgrounds and day use areas were evacuated. Numerous hikers in the area of the fire.
Road Closures: Closure remains in effect for Paradise Road and the lower Santa Ynez recreation area involving multiple trails and campgrounds.
A British Aerospace BAe-146 VLAT makes a drop of fire retardant on the fire.
Incident Overview
The White Fire started Monday, May 27, 2013 at approximately 2:45 pm. Currently the fire has burned 1800 plus acres and is threatening 50 residence, 5 commercial properties and 50 outbuildings and other structures. The fire is 10% contained. Paradise Road was evacuated this 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 were 6 air tankers, 2 air attacks and 4 helicopters conducting aerial attack, however at approximately 5 pm, the air tankers were grounded due to high winds. All are expected to resume aerial attack tomorrow morning. 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 vehicle.

Cooperating agencies include: US Forest Service, Santa Barbara County, Santa Barbara City, Carpinteria/Summerland Fire, Montecito Fire, Lompoc Fire, Santa Maria City Fire, Painted Cave Volunteer Fire Department, San Marcos Volunteer Fire Department, Chumash Fire, Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Department, California Highway Patrol and the American Red Cross.

Update 5-31-13 0900: 1984 acres, 100% contained.
Update 5-30-13 1300: 1984 acres, 90% contained. No growth in size or containment from last night. Crews are continuing mop-up and holding operations. NE section of the fire line is still being worked on due to limited access. No new fire activity, but there are still areas of heat in the interior.
Update 5-29-13 1300: 1858 acres, 80% contained. Central Coast T/2 IMT Nunez in Command
Update 5-28-13 1300: Air tankers on hold from wind turbulence. The White Fire burned through the compound of the Los Prietos Hotshots Monday. The facility is in the Los Padres National Forest 10 miles northwest of Santa Barbara, California. According to a report by the Forest, the fire damaged one building and one privately owned vehicle and destroyed another vehicle. The fire also went through Sage Hill Campground just across the drainage from the Hotshot’s camp but the damage is unknown at this time.
Update 5-28-13 0700: 1800 acres, 10% contained.ST 3645C from the MNF is enroute. Engines 332, 333, 334, 343, 45 - SNF-Kings River IHC en-route as of 0500 -Ventura County ST B51, E321, E326, E357, ME343, ME351
Update 5-27-13 0200: 1200+ acres 10% contained.
Update 5-27-13 1900: 850 acres, 10% contained.  Ty 2 team (Nunez) ordered

Location: White Rock Camp Paradise Rd 4 mi. E. of Hwy 154, Santa Barbara County.
GPS: 34.534 latitude, -119.801 longitude
IA:   5-27-13 1445 - 5 acres
ROS: Moderate
ROC: 5 acres, Spotting 1/2 to 3/4 miles to the north east.
Fuels: Chaparral, grass, brush and trees
Structure Threats: Yes
Concerns: *

Outlook/Planned Actions: Continue suppression and begin mop up.
Growth Potential: Extreme
Terrain Difficulty: Extreme
Rough estimate on contain and control dates. Final size of fire will depend on weather conditions. Strong winds are predicted for today.
Resources: Resources currently assigned to the fire include: 8 crews, 28 engines, 4 dozers, 4 water tenders, 3 patrols and 22 overhead.
SNF-Kings River IHC
SNF-Crane Valley IHC
SNF-Sierra IHC
SNF-E14, E31, E313, E341, E52, WT2 all enroute as of 0500

Aircraft: 6 air tankers, 2 air attacks and 4 helicopters
Cooperating Agencies: *
Weather Info: 25 mph SW, 85 degrees, 32%
Special Conditions: *
Other Comments: *
Radio Frequencies: LPF ch-1 170.550 Tac LPF ch-3 170.475
Maps: *
Live Video: *
Web Cams: *

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****REMINDER**** Every fire has the ability to be catastrophic. The wildland fire management environment has profoundly changed. Growing numbers of communities, across the nation, are experiencing longer fire seasons; more frequent, bigger, and more severe, fires are a real threat. Be careful with all campfires and equipment.
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