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Limited Permit Burning Window

Because of the increase in local live fuel moisture levels and the predicted weather forecast, the Santa Barbara County Fire Department is opening a limited permit burn window. This limited permit burn window begins on April 17 and expires on April 30, 2014.

This two week window will help facilitate the burning of accumulated cut fuels throughout Santa Barbara County thereby reducing the fuel load during peak high fire season. This will allow an individual with an existing Hazard Reduction, Residential, and Agricultural burn permit the opportunity to burn on allowable burn days. Burn days are declared by the Air Pollution Control District until May 1, 2014.

All permit requirements will be strictly enforced including notification of the area fire station prior to lighting the burn pile and the complete extinguishment of the fire by 5:00 pm. No new burn permits will be issued during this limited burn period.

This limited permit burn window applies to permit burning within State Responsibility Areas (SRA) and Local Responsibility Areas (LRA) within the jurisdiction of the Santa Barbara County Fire Department. Please note: These permits are issued for burn piles only and are not intended for the burning of standing vegetation.

Prior to issuance of a permit, all burn sites and piles will be inspected by Santa Barbara County Fire Department for compliance with the appropriate permit conditions. The permittee must contact the fire department prior to starting any permit burn.

Generally, burn days are determined by the time of year and the weather. Burning during months when live fuel moisture levels are high and temperatures are low is preferred. Also, the ability of the smoke to mix with the atmosphere is critical. A high pressure, stable condition is not recommended for burning due to the inability of the smoke to easily dissipate. Predicted high winds can also suspend burning. Burning is never allowed on Sundays or holidays. The Santa Barbara County Fire Department and Air Pollution Control District work closely together to determine appropriate days for permit burning.

Each day, the Santa Barbara County Fire Department announces on a recorded phone line whether permit burning is allowed. The public can ascertain whether it is a permissive burn day by calling (805) 686-8177.

Santa Barbara County residents are encouraged to continue to reduce flammable vegetation around their structures, property and roads. Through the Ready! Set! Go! Program, land owners have the opportunity to be educated about issues concerning defensible space and vegetation removal. For information on the Ready! Set! Go! program, please log on to www.sbcfire.com.

 

April 16, 2014   Comments Off

Joe Pasinato – In Memoriam ***UPDATE***

Joe Pasinato


The WRA has been advised by the Forest Service that “Los Padres lost a longtime friend and employee when Joe Pasinato died last month. The following website has further information: http://www.fs.usda.gov/detailfull/lpnf/home/?cid=stelprd3794016&width=full

Joe was a long-time friend and supporter of the Wildland Residents Association. His sudden passing is a loss for the Forest Service and the San Marcos Pass communities.

Los Padres National Forest will host a memorial barbeque celebrating the life of longtime Forest employee Joe Pasinato, who passed away February 16. The event will be held Saturday, May 3, at Stow Grove Park in Goleta from 11 am to 4 pm. The celebration is open to all members of the public who knew or worked with Joe during his 28-year career with Los Padres.

Barbequed chicken and beverages will be provided. Attendees are asked to bring a side dish to share, and goodwill donations will be accepted to defer the cost of the park fee and the barbequed chicken.

Following lunch, there will be an opportunity for Joe’s friends and co-workers to reminisce and share their favorite “Joe stories.”

If you are interested in joining us, please RSVP to either Jennifer Gray (jsgray@fs.fed.us or 805-968-6640) or Andrew Madsen (andrewmadsen@fs.fed.us or 805-961-5759) so we can determine the amount of chicken and beverages that will be needed.

March 25, 2014   Comments Off

WRA Address Signs

WRA SIGN PHOTO

The WRA is pleased to announce that members will be receiving reflective yard signs with their numerical address. The signs are designed to be highly visible at night and are available without stakes for those who want to have them mounted on a wall, post or fence.

WRA Directors will be distributing the signs in the communities of San Marcos Trout Club, East and West Camino Cielo, Pained Cave, Paradise Canyon, Kinevan Ranch, Old San Marcos Pass Road, Stagecoach and SR-154.

There is no charge to WRA members. Please call the office at 964-7194 if you should have any questions.

February 24, 2014   Comments Off

Santa Barbara County Local Drought Emergency

On January 17th, County Executive Officer Mona Miyasato, acting as the Director of Emergency Services, proclaimed a local emergency following action taken earlier today by
California Governor Brown in declaring a statewide State of Emergency for Drought. On January 15, 2014, the Secretary of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA)
also declared 27 Counties in California, including Santa Barbara County, to be designated as primary natural disaster areas due to drought conditions. Ratification of the Proclamation of a Local Emergency will be considered by the Board of Supervisors on Tuesday, January 21st, 2014.

“For many of our water purveyors, as well as our agricultural industry, the lack of rainfall is causing some serious concern”, said Miyasato. “With the long term prospects of
significant rain looking dim, and with our local supplies significantly strained, we need to all be aware of the reality”.

Part of the Governor’s Declaration, as well as the County’s, includes a call for an immediate voluntary 20% water reduction by residents. Lake Cachuma is currently less than 40% capacity and lower water levels will result in emergency pumping of water to the South Coast to maintain deliveries. Furthermore, these extremely dry conditions and high temperatures in conjunction with depleted water resources add significant risk for wildfire and the potential for dangerous conditions that can threaten the safety of persons and property in the County.

Information on conservation efforts can be found at http://sbwater.orgor www.saveourh20.org.

January 17, 2014   Comments Off

USFS Additional Fire Restrictions

Due to extremely dry vegetation and an increasing fire danger, Los Padres National Forest officials today announced that Level III fire restrictions will go into effect beginning tomorrow, January 11, 2014. The following restrictions will be rigorously enforced until this Forest Order expires:

• Wood and charcoal fires are prohibited in all areas of Los Padres National Forest except for designated Campfire Use sites; however persons with a valid California Campfire Permit are allowed to use portable stoves and lanterns using gas, jellied petroleum or pressurized liquid fuel outside of designated Campfire Use Sites. California Campfire Permits are available for free download from the Los Padres National Forest website (http://www.fs.usda.gov/lpnf). You must clear all flammable material for a distance of 10 feet in all directions from your camp stove, have a shovel available, and ensure that a responsible person attends the stove at all times when it is in use.

• Recreational target shooting is prohibited in all areas of the National Forest unless specifically authorized by a special use permit with the Forest.

• Hunting with a valid State of California hunting license during open hunting season is exempt from this restriction.

• Smoking is prohibited in all areas of the national forest except within an enclosed vehicle, building, or designated Campfire Use Site.

• Operating or using any internal or external combustion engine without a spark arresting device properly installed, maintained and in effective working order on roads and trails specifically designated for such use. (This restriction is in effect year-round.)

A list designated Campfire Use Sites is attached. For further information regarding current conditions and safety tips, contact your nearest Forest Service office or visit the Los Padres National Forest website at http://www.fs.usda.gov/lpnf.

January 13, 2014   Comments Off