SOLVANG is still open for Business road closer

Jul 11, 2017



Whittier Fire


Please use HWY 101 to Hwy 246 to visit Solvang. Exit 140 A - CA 246.
(HWY 154 is closed).

The Whittier Fire, a wildfire, is taking place in Santa Barbara County backcountry about 16 miles northwest of downtown Santa Barbara.

The cities of Santa Barbara and Goleta are unaffected by the fire. Area hotels, restaurants and attractions are open for business.

(In addition, the Alamo Fire is taking place in remote canyons at the borders of northern Santa Barbara County and San Luis Obispo County, approximately 73 miles — or an hour away — from downtown Santa Barbara.)

Smoke clouds may be visible from South Coast and Santa Ynez Valley cities, but Santa Barbara County officials have noted that the actual fire is at a distance away in the mountain areas.

CAMPGROUNDS: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 along the Pacific Coast in the Gaviota area are unaffected.

Cachuma Lake campground updates:

Santa Barbara Ranger District camping updates: or call the Rocky Mountain Recreation Company at 805-967-8766.

Campground alternatives: or 1-800-444-7275

ROAD CLOSURES: In the Santa Barbara County backcountry, Highway 154 remains closed to the public from Highway 246 to Foothill Road and is likely to be closed for a few days.

Highway 101 is open to traffic and is an alternative route to the Santa Ynez Valley and cities to the north.

Current highway conditions: Cal-Trans map or 1-800-427-7623

MORE INFORMATION:The Santa Barbara County Public Health Department and Air Pollution Control District has issued an air quality warning for Santa Barbara County. While there is no smoke odor in downtown Santa Barbara, those with respiratory sensitivities should monitor the situation and visit or call (805) 961-8802 for the latest updates.

Updated information on the fires: or (805) 895-0841.

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