Dear Neighbor and friends of the WRA:
It is time to renew your annual membership in the Wildland Residents Association San Marcos Pass Volunteer Fire Department for the July 2014-June 2015 year. You should be receiving your renewal letter shortly. A copy of the letter is attached for those who do not live in the area but would like to support our efforts.
The WRA supports the entire mountain community. Twice last year our volunteer firefighters helped save the day responding to the Lookout and White Fires. The San Marcos Pass Volunteer Fire Department is often the first line of defense for the mountain communities.
Like all of us in a tough economy, the WRA has seen a reduction of grants and gifts. The San Marcos Pass communities are dry and the California drought is adding to the anxiety of wildfire. Your continued support is needed more now than ever before to cover our ongoing costs of equipment, training, fuel and insurance.
In addition to supporting our firefighters, the WRA works to reduce hazards by teaming with local, state and federal agencies to reduce fuel, create firebreaks that protect our community and provide public education. The WRA regularly appears before local and state agencies to lobby on behalf of those of us who live on the mountain. The WRA also maintains the San Marcos Pass Emergency Radio System SMPERS – AM 1040, produces the radio program Community Alert on KZSB – AM 1290, maintains an active website and is an active member in the Fire Safe Council among others local associations.
The WRA appreciates your assistance in helping us provide these services in support of our community. Your WRA membership now includes a reflective address sign.
Please send your tax-exempt donation with your specific emergency contact information.
Please call the office at 964-7194 if you have any comments or questions.
July 13, 2014 Comments Off
Due to California’s projected increased fire activity, coupled with record-setting drought conditions, requires the Santa Barbara County Fire Department to take every step possible to prevent new wildfires from starting.
In order to reduce potential ignitions and in support of the Declaration of a Drought Emergency in Santa Barbara County and the Governor’s Drought State of Emergency declaration has prompted the Santa Barbara County Fire Department to suspend all burning permits and open fires beginning July 1, 2014. This burn suspension will remain in effect until there is enough precipitation to reduce the fire threat.
Burning Ban Issued: Tuesday, July 1, 2014
The burning ban applies to permit burning (including agricultural) and open fires within State Responsibility Areas and Local Responsibility Areas within the jurisdiction of the Santa Barbara County Fire Department.
The Santa Barbara County Fire Department reminds everyone who lives, works and plays in Santa Barbara County to be extra vigilant about fire safety this high fire season. Remember to maintain vegetation clearance around structures, review and be familiar with your “Ready! Set! Go!” wildfire action plan, and be extra cautious and aware when travelling or staying in the wildland areas of the county.
Nearly ninety-five percent of all wildfires are human-caused and Santa Barbara County Fire Department is asking the public to do their part in preventing wildfires. For more information and safety tips please visit www.sbcfire.com .
June 19, 2014 Comments Off
New fire restrictions to take effect within the Los Padres National Forest: 2014_May19_Level_III_Fire_Restrictions
May 19, 2014 Comments Off
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
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 percent 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.
January 17, 2014 Comments Off