July 17, 2017
The Whittier Fire, a wildfire, is taking place in Santa Barbara County backcountry and an unpopulated mountain ridge area northwest of Santa Barbara.
The city of Santa Barbara is unaffected by the fire. Area hotels, restaurants and attractions are open for business.
Near the city of Goleta, visitors may see some smoke from the mountain ridges but Goleta-area hotels, restaurants and attractions (including Glen Annie Golf Club and Bacara Resort & Spa) are unaffected and open for business.
Smoke clouds may also be visible from other South Coast and Santa Ynez Valley cities.
The primary impact to travelers is the temporary closure of remote campgrounds in the backcountry along Highway 154, including Cachuma Lake and Live Oak campgrounds and the campgrounds on Paradise Road on the Upper Santa Ynez River.
Campgrounds in the Gaviota area north of Goleta remain open. However, please contact campgrounds for the latest updates. Private campground El Capitan Canyon: (866) 352-2729; El Capitán State Campground: (805) 968-1033.
Cachuma Lake campground updates: https://countyofsb.org/parks/cachuma.sbc
Evacuated Cachuma Lake campers should call (805) 568-2460 for updates on retrieving belongings.
Santa Barbara Ranger District camping updates: https://www.fs.usda.gov/recarea/lpnf/recreation/camping-cabins/recarea/?recid=11060&actid=29 or call the Rocky Mountain Recreation Company at 805-967-8766.
Campground alternatives: http://www.reserveamerica.com or 1-800-444-7275
Highway 154 has reopened.
Highway 101 is also open to traffic. Drivers may experience delays when heading north of Goleta on Highway 101.
Some remote mountain roads may be closed.
Current highway and road conditions: Cal-Trans map http://www.dot.ca.gov/cgi-bin/roads.cgi or 1-800-427-7623
Updated information on the fire: https://www.countyofsb.org/home.c or outside Santa Barbara: 1-800-400-1572; within Santa Barbara: 211 or (805) 699-6451.