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Fire Restrictions Lowered on Los Padres National Forest


Recent rainfall across Los Padres National Forest has led to rising fuel moisture levels, prompting officials to reduce fire restrictions on the forest effective immediately.

Under the reduced fire restrictions, campfires and charcoal barbeques will be allowed in all areas of Los Padres National Forest. A California Campfire Permit, available free of charge on the Forest website, is required to build a campfire outside of a designated Campfire Use Site. A list of Campfire Use Sites and information about how to acquire a campfire permit is available on the Los Padres National Forest website: www.fs.usda.gov/lpnf and at all forest offices.

Visitors who construct wood or charcoal fires outside of designated Campfire Use Sites also must clear all flammable material for a minimum of ten feet in all directions; have a shovel available for preparing and extinguishing the fire; have a responsible person in attendance at all times; and extinguish the fire with water, using the “drown, stir and feel” method. Prohibitions on smoking and target shooting in Los Padres National Forest are also being lifted.

Under these lower fire restrictions, the Forest will begin disposing of accumulated fuels by burning brush piles at administrative sites within national forest lands. These sites include: developed and undeveloped campgrounds, ranger stations, fire stations, guard stations, lookouts, electronic sites, special permit sites, and miscellaneous piles along Forest Service administrative roads. These projects will occur when weather conditions and air quality are favorable to safely reduce these fuels.

The following fire restrictions will remain in effect:

  • Spark arresters are required on all off-highway vehicles, chainsaws, and other internal combustion engines and equipment;
  • A permit is required for all welding, grinding, cutting, or use of explosives;
  • Tracer ammunition is prohibited at all times;
  • Fireworks are prohibited in Los Padres National Forest at all times and in all places.

Visitors are encouraged to call the local Ranger Station for more information on conditions and restrictions.

Santa Barbara Ranger District – (805) 967-3481 Ojai Ranger District – (805) 646-4348
Mt. Pinos Ranger District – (661) 245-3731           Santa Lucia Ranger District – (805) 925-9538
Monterey Ranger District – (831) 385-5434

January 11, 2016   Comments Off on Fire Restrictions Lowered on Los Padres National Forest

Sand Bag Information


Sand and Bags are available 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 (805)568-3440.

City sand and bag locations. Please contact city for current availability or more information:

City of Buellton
Currently no program for 2015-16

City of Carpinteria
5775 Carpinteria Ave. (City Hall)
805-684-5405 x-443

City of Goleta
Fire Station 11
6901 Frey Way

County Fire Station 14
320 Los Carneros

City of Santa Barbara
401 E. Yanonali St.
Santa Barbara

City of Solvang
1745 Mission Dr. (Veteran’s Hall)

January 5, 2016   Comments Off on Sand Bag Information

Burn Ban Lifted With Transition to Winter Preparedness Level


As of 8 am on January 4th, the Santa Barbara County Fire Department, in cooperation with the Operational Area Fire Departments, has transitioned from a High Fire Season to a Winter Preparedness Level. This transition is in response to current rainfall totals throughout the County and the projected shift in weather patterns that will influence fuel moisture levels.

Response levels may vary on a daily basis based on predicted weather patterns and local fuel moisture levels. If the potential exists, staffing levels can be increased. The response levels will be evaluated each day during the Winter Preparedness Level.

With the transition to the Winter Preparedness Level, the ban on permit burning within State Responsibility Areas (SRA) and Local Responsibility Areas (LRA) within the jurisdiction of the Santa Barbara County Fire Department will be lifted. Individuals with a valid permit may resume permitted burning in Santa Barbara County. As a reminder, all permit holders are responsible to be compliant with all permit rules and guidelines. Property owners and permit holders could be held liable for any escaped burn on their property that requires fire department assistance. Non-compliance could result in citation and/or full cost recovery.
Prior to issuance of a permit, all burn sites and piles will be inspected by Santa Barbara County Fire Department for compliance with the appropriate permit conditions.

Although the fire danger has decreased considerably, it is still possible to have wildfires during the winter months in Southern California. Santa Barbara County residents are encouraged to continue to reduce flammable vegetation around their structures, property and roads. Through the Ready! Set! Go! Program, land owners have the opportunity to be educated about issues concerning defensible space and vegetation removal.

For further information call the Santa Barbara County Fire Department at 681-5500.

January 4, 2016   Comments Off on Burn Ban Lifted With Transition to Winter Preparedness Level

Santa Barbara Mountain Communities Defense Zone Project


The US Forest Service – Las Padres National Forest is initiating an analysis of the “Santa Barbara Mountain Communities Defense Zone Project” on the Santa Barbara Ranger District. The project proposes to create and maintain eight fuel breaks on approximately 418 acres of chaparral to help manage against the wildfire threat posed to the mountain communities in the project area.

The proposed project would be located on the Santa Barbara Front in the Santa Ynez Mountains. This area is north of U.S. Highway 101, in Santa Barbara County, California. It overlooks the Pacific Ocean between Santa Barbara, and Gaviota, California. A full description of the proposed action is available on line at the following Forest Service Web page.


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October 5, 2015   Comments Off on Santa Barbara Mountain Communities Defense Zone Project

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