Public faces hefty fines for entering Whittier Fire area

Los Padres National Forest issues closure order

SANTA BARBARA COUNTY, Calif. - Los Padres National Forest officials have issued a closure order for the Whittier Fire area on the Santa Barbara Ranger District.

Effective July 15, 2017, the public is prohibited from entering the restricted areas. Forest Service law enforcement will strictly enforce the closure order.

Anyone caught in violation of this order faces a penalty of $5,000 and/or six months in jail.

The closure order will be lifted when the Whittier Fire is fully contained and controlled.

Los Padres National Forest released the following information:

"The boundary of the Whittier Fire Closure Area begins at the intersection of Forest Road No. 6N04 and the Los Padres National Forest boundary, then continues west, south and east along the forest boundary to its intersection with Highway 154, then continues north along Highway 154 to its intersection with the Los Padres National Forest boundary, then continues westward along the forest boundary back to the starting point."

"Closure of the fire area is intended to help ensure that members of the public are not injured within the fire perimeter, to keep the area clear for fire equipment traffic, and to allow for the scorched landscape to begin the rehabilitation and regrowth process."

View a fire map of the closure area here.

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