Whittier Fire Update - July 16, 9:30 a.m.
The Whittier Fire has burned 18,015 acres and is at 36% containment. 1,924 personnel are working the incident.
The fire continues to creep down slope on the eastern, western and southern edges of the fire. Firefighters expect flanking runs and some short intense burning as the fire backs into drainage bottoms and aligns with slopes. The eastern side of the fire is established in Bear Creek so expect slope driven runs if it crosses the drainage. The western side of the fire should continue backing into developed containment lines and the Sherpa fire scar. Air attack continues today to support ground crews and to knock down hot spots. Warmer temperatures, lower humidity and winds will increase fire activity as the day progresses.
No changes have been made to evacuation orders or warnings since Friday.
The air quality warning remains in effect.The most updated information on the fire can be found here: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/ or www.countyofsb.org. If you prefer to talk to someone, you can call 2-1-1 24/hours a day.