At 2:30 p.m. on July 16, 2017, Santa Barbara County proclaimed a local emergency due to the Whittier Fire and Alamo fires. The Whittier Fire has burned over 18,000 acres south of Lake Cachuma and the Alamo Fire has burned 29,000 acres west of Twitchell Reservior. The proclamation was made by the County Office of Emergency Management; the Board of Supervisors is expected to act formally on the proclamation at its next meeting on Tuesday, July 18, 2017.

PROCLAMATION OF LOCAL EMERGENCY BY DIRECTOR OF EMERGENCY SERVICES ALAMO AND WHITTIER FIRES WHEREAS, Chapter 12, Sec. 12-5(a) of the Santa Barbara County Code, empowers the County of Santa Barbara, Director of Emergency Services, to proclaim a local emergency if the Board of Supervisors is not in session; 

The County of Santa Barbara was recently included in two separate federal assistance programs stemming from severe winter storms that impacted the county February 1-25, 2017.