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Crews mopping up smoldering hot spots at Whittier Fire

Crews mop up smoldering hot spots on...

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - Fire crews are mopping up an area of the Whittier Fire near Lake Cachuma.

They spent Monday near the rock quarry, just off Highway 154.
"We are just west of where the fire started. It's the last strong open piece of the fire that we are trying to button up so it doesn't keep extending west towards Santa Ynez," Santa Barbara County Fire Captain Adam Estabrook said.

On Sunday, crews prepared the area to light backfires, then performed the operation once weather improved.

"We go in after the fire has burned and we are putting out all of the hot spots, the logs, the trees that are still on fire, and areas of concern that if the winds were to kick up it could throw embers across our line," Estabrook said.

Overhead, while crews worked in grueling heat, helicopters made water drops, reloading at Lake Cachuma.

Fire crews hope all of their hard work will soon bring the Whittier Fire to a close.

"Not to get overconfident, but to button up this fire, this fast, with this potential is extraordinary," said Estabrook. "Men and woman out here fighting this thing, we are seeing it hopefully come to its end stages, is pretty incredible."



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