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CWPP Community Meeting

The Wildland Residents Association (WRA) and the Santa Barbara County Fire Safe Council are inviting all community members within the San Marcos Pass, Trout Club, West Camino Cielo, Kinevan Ranch, Rosario Park, Stagecoach Road and Paradise Canyon area to a community planning meeting about the San Marcos Pass Community Wildfire Protection Plan (“CWPP”). The meeting will be on Thursday, May 11th, 7 pm at the USFS San Marcos Pass Fire Station 41 located near the intersection of Highway 154 and East Camino Cielo.

The focus of the meeting will be to discuss proposed fuel modification plans for the mountain areas West of Highway 154 and North of East Camino Cielo, including the Trout Club, West Camino Cielo, Kinevan Ranch, Rosario Park, Stagecoach Road and Paradise Canyon.  The CWPP will provide the foundation for protecting our communities from wildfire as well as supporting Santa Barbara County, U.S. Forest Service and the San Marcos Pass Volunteer Fire Departments to obtain necessary financial resources to help keep our communities safe through public education, vegetation management and fire planning.

Representatives from the WRA-San Marcos Pass Volunteer Fire Department, Santa Barbara County Fire Safe Council, U.S. Forest Service, Santa Barbara County Fire and the Paradise Canyon CWPP Development Team will be present to provide a project status update, receive public input and answer questions.

For more details please contact any one of the following committee members: Rocky Siegel, WRA-SMPVFD, 964-4194, rtsiegel@earthlink.net, Mark Linnane, Paradise Canyon CWPP Development Team representative, 680-4434 or Phil Seymour, Santa Barbara County Fire Safe Council, 692-9335, pseymour@silcom.com. Current and past CWPP information is available on the WRA wildlandresidents.org.

April 24, 2017   Comments Off on CWPP Community Meeting


April 21, 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.


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 →]

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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.

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