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February 17, 2017   Comments Off on LOCAL ROAD & PUBLIC INFORMATION


Sand and Bags will be available November 1, 2016 at the following locations: 

Santa Barbara Flood Control Shop
4568 Calle Real
Santa Barbara

Santa Maria Flood Control Shop
912 West Foster Road
Santa Maria

Santa Barbara Fire Station #31
168 W Hwy 246

Sand bags are not pre-filled and persons are limited to 25 bags. More information concerning sand bags is available from County Flood Control at 568-3440. County of Santa Barbara Public Works website



Fire Weather Planning Forecast for Southwestern California
National Weather Service Los Angeles/Oxnard CA
2:09 PM PST Fri Feb 17 2017

…Very strong winter storm will continue to impact the area  through Saturday with widespread heavy rain and potentially damaging southerly winds…

…Flash Flood Watch in effect Friday morning through Saturday morning for Santa Barbara County Mountains and South Coast and
Ventura and Los Angeles Counties…


A very strong Pacific storm will continue to move across the area through tonight, bringing heavy rain and gusty southerly winds to the area. On Saturday, cold and unstable air behind the storm will generate scattered showers and isolated thunderstorms across the area.

Through Saturday evening, rainfall totals are expected to be very significant (2 to 6 inches across coastal and valley areas  with 5 to 10 inches in the foothills and mountains). The highest totals will occur on south-facing slopes. Rainfall rates between one half and one inch per hour will be likely through this evening
and possibly on Saturday (in association with heavier showers and thunderstorms). Flash flooding as well as mud and debris flows  will be possible across Los Angeles, Ventura and southern Santa  Barbara counties, especially below recent burn areas. In addition, there will be a significant threat of rock and mudslides,
especially near canyons. Moderate to heavy snow is expected with  this storm across the higher mountain elevations with snow levels generally fluctuating between 6000 and 8000 feet. Additionally,  gusty southerly winds will continue through this evening with  damaging winds possibly downing trees and powerlines.

On Sunday, dry conditions are expected. However for Monday through Wednesday, unsettled weather is expected as a series of systems move across the West Coast, resulting in the continued threat of additional rainfall.

San Luis Obispo County Mountains / Los Padres National Forest-
Santa Barbara County Mountains-
2:09 PM PST Fri Feb 17 2017

Sky/weather………Rain and snow showers likely in the morning, then chance of showers in the afternoon. Slight chance of thunderstorms in the afternoon.
Max temperature…..49-56 low elevations to 40-47 higher elevations.
24 hr trend……Down 4.
Min humidity……..60-80 percent.
24 hr trend……Little change.
20-foot winds…….
Valleys/lwr slopes…Southeast 15-25 mph with gusts to 35 mph becoming northwest 15-25 mph with gusts to 35 mph in the afternoon. strongest through
Santa Ynez range.
Ridges/upr slopes….Southeast 20-30 mph with gusts to 45 mph becoming northwest 10-20 mph with gusts to 25 mph in the afternoon.
Marine layer……..None.
CWR (>0.10 IN)……70 percent.

Sky/weather………Mostly cloudy with a slight chance of rain and snow showers. Slight chance of thunderstorms  in the evening.
Min temperature…..42-49 low elevations to 33-40 colder valleys and peaks.
Max humidity……..80-100 percent.
20-foot winds…….
Valleys/lwr slopes…Northwest 15-25 mph with gusts to 35 mph in the evening becoming 6-12 mph. strongest through santa ynez range.
Ridges/upr slopes….Northwest 10-20 mph with gusts to 25 mph
in the evening becoming 6-12 mph.
CWR (>0.10 IN)……10 percent.

Sky/weather………Mostly cloudy then becoming partly cloudy.
Max temperature…..53-60 low elevations to 44-51 higher elevations.
Min humidity……..60-80 percent except 45-60 percent higher peaks and warmer valleys.
20-foot winds…….
Valleys/lwr slopes…Northwest 6-12 mph.
Ridges/upr slopes….Northwest 10-20 mph with gusts to 25 mph.
CWR (>0.10 IN)……0 percent.

Hydrologic Outlook

National Weather Service Los Angeles/Oxnard CA
6:26 AM PST Thu Feb 16 2017

…A major storm system will affect Southwest California tonight through Saturday resulting in flooding concerns…

The first in a series of storms is expected to bring light to moderate rainfall initially to San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara Counties this morning, before  verspreading Ventura and Los Angeles Counties this evening through the overnight hours. A second more powerful storm system will begin to intensify as it
approaches Southern California as early as Friday morning. A long narrow band of subtropical moisture, otherwise known as an Atmospheric River will take aim at Southwestern California. Santa Barbara, Ventura and Los Angeles Counties should take the brunt of this powerful storm Friday morning through Saturday morning. Between 2 to 6 inches of rainfall is expected across coast and valleys, with between 5 to 10 inches across the Santa Ynez Range, as well as the Ventura and Los Angeles County Mountains.

Rainfall rates are expected to reach one inch per hour. With this storm system expected to be slow in moving through the forecast area, there will be several potential hydrological impacts. The potential for widespread flooding and flash flooding is a definite threat. Not just for the recent burn areas, but anywhere there is the potential for flooding.

The expected high rainfall amounts and intensities could bring numerous hydrological impacts. Many rivers and streams could see significant flows on Friday into Saturday…but main-stem river flooding is not expected at this time. There is a potential for swift water rescues due to the heavy rain and resulting increased
flow rates. There will be the threat of flash flooding with mud and debris flows in and around the recent burn areas, especially with Friday`s storm. Also, widespread and significant urban and small stream flooding can be expected at times through Monday. Lastly rock and mudslides will be a significant threat during this period, especially across canyon roads.

Models are indicating a few more weaker storm systems to move through the region into early next week. Any additional rainfall could continue to bring hydrological impacts.

Watch for updates and possible watches and warnings at weather.gov/losangeles as we get closer to the event.



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

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