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Rancho Oso 
3750 Paradise Road
LPF1043, 14:08 hrs. 

USFS, County Fire and automatic aid agencies have contained a brush fire at Rancho Oso. The first unit on scene reported ten acres burning, wind out of the west with structures threatened, burning in moderate to heavy fuels in the area of the RV park and the stables. There were NO evacuations. Media reports the fire at six acres.

Frequency assignments:

  • Forest Net – 170.4625
  • LP-3 – 170.475
  • LP-4 – 172.350
  • AIR – 168.3125
  • VICTOR – 135.975
  • A/G – 167.475

Santa Barbara County Mountains-
8:42 AM PDT Fri May 19 2017

Min temperature…..56-62 low elevations to 48-54 colder valleys
and peaks.
Max humidity……..25-40 percent.
20-foot winds…….
Valleys/lwr slopes…Northwest 6-12 mph in the evening becoming
downslope/downvalley 3-6 mph.
Ridges/upr slopes….North 6-12 mph.
Marine layer……..NONE.
CWR (>0.10 IN)……0 percent.

May 19, 2017   Comments Off on ***PARADISE FIRE***CONTAINED

Defensible Space Inspections

SANTA BARBARA, Ca. May 10, 2017– Beginning June 1, the Santa Barbara County Fire Department (SBCFD) will be conducting defensible space inspections. A minimum of 100 feet of defensible space is required around your home in Santa Barbara County. Engine companies will perform inspections and provide homeowners with educational material on how to comply. With the year-round threat of wildfire, the defensible space requirement is enforced at all times in Santa Barbara County. Non-compliant homeowners are subject to be cited.

The SBCFD reminds people that defensible space is the area around a structure free of flammable plants and objects that creates a zone in which firefighters can operate safely in order to help protect a home during a wildfire. This space is wide enough to prevent direct flame impingement and reduce the amount of radiant heat reaching the structure. The defensible space for each structure varies and depends on the type of vegetation and topography.

Maintaining this defensible space is critical. The Ready! Set! Go! Program was launched in May 2009 as a new approach to educating Southern California residents about the now year-round threat of wildfire. This public education program seeks to gain active public involvement in reducing life and property loss caused by wildfires. This program is presented in three steps:

Ready! Prepare yourself, your family and your property.
Set! Monitor fire weather/activity and prepare to evacuate.
Go! Leave early when directed to by public safety officials.

To learn more about Ready! Set! Go!, please visit www.sbcfire.com.

Maintaining defensible space is critical in stopping a wildfire from destroying your home. Defensible space is part of every homeowner’s responsibility.

May 10, 2017   Comments Off on Defensible Space Inspections


May 9, 2017

Work on the San Marcos Pass Mountainous Area Community Wildfire Protection Plan (CWPP) continues. Mountain residents are represented on the Development Team including Rocky Siegel (WRA-SMPVFD) for areas west of Highway 154, Kevin Buckley (PCVFD) for areas east of Highway 154 and Mark Linnane for Paradise Canyon. Phil Seymour, a long time Painted Cave mountain resident as the representative for the Santa Barbara County Fire Safe Council and the WRA.

The initial CWPP work consists of assembling information on at risk structures and resources in our communities as well as developing proposals for community and roadside fuel modification projects to improve defensibility of our communities and protect evacuation routes. Area representatives have been conducting outreach with community residents to obtain suggestions for environmentally sound fuel modification projects and maintenance program.

The WRA will be coordinating information gathering and developing tentative fuel modifications plans for all areas on and west of Highway 154. Lee Chiacos (Trout Club), Craig Jennings (West Camino Cielo) and Jason Lekas (Rosario Park) have volunteered to work with Rocky Siegel to conduct community outreach for the development of local community area plans.

For areas east of Highway 154, Development Team representatives have been contacting affected property owners directly and conducting community meetings on proposed fuel modification plans. For further information, watch for notices on community bulletin boards and your mailbox. You can also email PCVFD Chief Kevin Buckley at buckleydesign@gmail.com.

If you are interested in working on the CWPP Development Team or have questions, please contact the WRA by email at community@wildlandresidents.org or call the office at 964-7194. You can also email the Development Team through the County Fire Department at CWPP@countyofsb.org. Additionally, you can monitor this website and NextDoor for future notices and document postings.


DRAFT- Development Team Mtg Agenda_MAY15_2017

Fuel Treatment Effectiveness_05012017

19APR2017_draft_structure related components

Ember Exposure Zones_02232017

Development Team Meeting Notes_04172017

Draft Development Team Mtg Agenda_03062017

Fuel Treatment Prioritizaton Process_DT_03062017

John Smith, USFS Santa Barbara Mountain Communities Defense Zone Memo, 21 March 2017

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San Marcos Pass Community Wildfire Protection Plan
by: Philip Seymour, Esq. 

Counsel to the WRA 

Early last year a small group of mountain residents organized by the Wildland Residents Association and Painted Cave Volunteer Fire Department began working on preparation of a Community Wildfire Protection Plan (“CWPP”). After meeting with wildfire experts from the Santa Barbara County Fire Department and U.S. Forest Service, and joining an environmental representative from the Urban Creeks Council, mountain representatives began meeting with a County “Working Group” assigned by County government to collaborate in preparing the CWPP. Working with County government can be challenging at times. However, after overcoming some major obstacles, the CWPP process will be going fully public on January 26, 2017. Below is a summary of relevant information about the CWPP process for mountain residents and others interested in participating in the process. [Read more →]

January 24, 2017   Comments Off on CWPP – UPDATE

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 on In Case of Emergency



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February 16, 2013   Comments Off on Nextdoor