Work on the San Marcos Pass Mountainous Area Community Wildfire Protection Plan (CWPP) has begun. Mountain residents are represented on the Development Team that is preparing the CWPP by Rocky Siegel (WRA) for areas west of Highway 154; Kevin Buckley (PCVFD) for areas east of Highway 154; and Mark Linnane for Paradise Canyon. Phil Seymour, another long time mountain resident, is also on the Development Team as a representative of the Santa Barbara County Fire Safe Council.
The initial work on the CWPP will consist of assembling information on structures and resources at risk in our area, and developing proposals for community and roadside fuel modification projects to improve defensibility of our communities and protect evacuation routes. Area representatives will be conducting further outreach with community residents to get input and suggestions for environmentally sound fuel modification projects and maintenance programs in all areas.
For areas west of Highway 154, the WRA will be coordinating information gathering and developing tentative fuel modification plans. 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 and develop local area plans. If you are interested or have questions, please contact the WRA by email at email@example.com 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 the WRA website at wildlandresidents.org and NextDoor for further notices.
For areas east of Highway 154, Development Team representatives will be contacting affected property owners directly and conducting community meetings on proposed fuel modification plans. For further information, watch for notices on community bulletin boards or in your mailbox, or email PCVFD Chief Kevin Buckley at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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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
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
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 on Nextdoor
Start your year off with a worthwhile family project.
20 Weeks to Preparedness
Building a Disaster Supplies Kit Checklist
COMMUNITY ALERT SHOW
20 Weeks to Preparedness
January 7, 2012 Comments Off on 20 Weeks to Preparedness
The program Ready! Set! Go! was intorduced in May of this year to educate Southern California residents about what is now a year-round threat of wildfire. This program is designed to gain public involvement in reducing life and property loss caused by wildfires. Ready! Set! Go! has the following 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.
Ready! Set! Go! is endorsed by the Santa Barbara County Fire Chief’s Association to provide a strategic approach and a specific action plan to aid local, state and federal fire agencies in providing one unified message. Ready! Set! Go! is endorsed by the California Emergency Management Agency and FIRESCOPE.
Listen to Community Alert, October 6, 2009: Chief Michael Mingee, Carpinteria-Summerland FPD and Captain David Sadecki, PIO, Santa Barbara County FD talk about “Read, Set, Go” on behalf of the Santa Barbara County Fire Chief’s Association.
September 17, 2009 No Comments