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Removal and reconstruction has yet to begin on buildings burned by the Whittier fire in July, including this structure at the Rancho Allegre Boy Scout Camp's Larson Meadow campsite on the road to Circle V Ranch Camp.

Len Wood, Staff

Los Padres National Forest officials announced Thursday, Oct. 5, that the Whittier fire was 100 percent contained as of 5 p.m.

The fire began July 8 on U.S. Bureau of Reclamation land near Cachuma Lake and burned a total of 18,430 acres.

“The Forest Service conducted a final infrared flight on Oct. 2 that revealed some lingering heat sources, but they are far enough inside the lines that it does not pose a threat to adjacent communities or risk escaping the containment lines,” said Santa Barbara District Ranger Pancho Smith.

Despite the declaration of full containment, the closure order on West Camino Cielo will remain in effect until the fire is fully controlled and declared out, Smith said.


Mike Hodgson is news editor at the Santa Ynez Valley News, where he writes about local government, special events and the people who live in the Valley. He has been a photographer, writer, news editor and managing editor at weekly newspapers since 1972

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