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Los Padres National Forest Elevates Fire Restrictions

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Due to extremely dry vegetation and an increasing fire danger, Los Padres National Forest officials today announced that Level IV fire restrictions will go into effect beginning today, August 26, 2014. The following restrictions will be rigorously enforced until the end of the declared fire season:

• Wood and charcoal fires are prohibited in all areas of Los Padres National Forest including 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 within the designated Campfire Use Sites only. 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 five 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; however, 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.

• Fireworks are prohibited at all times and in all locations within Los Padres National Forest.

• 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.)

Violators are subject to a $5,000 fine and/or six months in jail, and could be liable for the full cost of any fire suppression activities that result from their actions. For further information regarding current conditions as well as safety tips, contact your nearest Forest Service office or visit the Los Padres National Forest website at http://www.fs.usda.gov/lpnf.

August 26, 2014   Comments Off

Annual Membership Renewal

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.

WRA 2014 Membership Letter

WRA 2014 Tri-fold

July 13, 2014   Comments Off

WRA Address Signs

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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 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.

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

January 17, 2014   Comments Off

In Case of Emergency

As residents of the San Marcos Pass community we have learned to be self reliant and sufficient. We frequently depend on our neighbours for a helping hand. However, in the event you see something suspicious, a traffic collision or a fire, please call 9-1-1 directly. There have been several recent incidents where people have called neighbours first. The can cause confusion and further delay emergency response should it be required. It is better to be on the safe side and report something that turns out to be nothing than to not report something real.

March 26, 2013   Comments Off