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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

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

Nextdoor

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If you are interested in what is going on locally, take a moment to join Nextdoor, a private social network for the San Marcos Pass. You can log in to sign-in at https://sanmarcospass.nextdoor.com/login/ . Nextdoor is a local network for the exclusive use of the San Marcos Pass communities. The network is not open to anyone outside the immediate community. You can provide as much or as little as you want to contribute to support our local news.

 

February 16, 2013   Comments Off

WILDFIRE: Past, Present and Future

Retired California Fire Marshals Kate Dargan and Ronny Coleman talk about their recent article WILDFIRE: Past, Present and Future on Community Alert, sponsored by the California FireSafe Council. Click HERE

April 7, 2012   Comments Off