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Air Quality Warning for Santa Barbara County Canceled

The Santa Barbara County Public Health Department and Santa Barbara County Air Pollution Control District canceled the Air Quality Warning that was in effect for the county due to the Alamo and Whittier wildfires.

The AlamoFire is 100 percent contained and the WhittierFire is 76 percent contained. Some areas of the county could experience slightly hazy conditions. Winds can stir up ash over time, and residents are urged to avoid using leaf blowers or doing any activities that will stir up particles into the air. Instead, sweep ash gently with a broom, and take cars to a car wash. Everyone should avoid skin contact with ash, and no one with heart or lung conditions should handle ash cleanup.

During wildfire season, smoke from other fires burning throughout California has the potential to affect our region. To check air quality levels throughout the county: OurAir.org/todays-air-quality/


July 18, 2017
California Incident Management Team 3 Public Information Officers Amber Anderson (Santa Barbara City Fire) and Justin Cooper (Monterey City Fire) talk about the Whittier Fire.


Anyone who doubts what this fire is and can do may want to watch “Watershed Wildfire” by the U.S. Forest Service. The Whittier Fire is burning exactly like the Refugio Fire.


21 July 2017, updated: 07:30 hrs. MSW

July 8, 2017   Comments Off on ***WHITTIER FIRE***

Local, Regional, State and Federal Radio Frequency Updates

There have been changes of local, regional and statewide fire radio frequencies so now is a good time to update the programming of your scanner.

Knowing what is happening locally in real time is essential in an emergency. If you do not have a radio scanner, please consider purchasing one. You do not need an expensive digital trunking scanner for local fire and emergency monitoring. All local fires, medical aids, traffic collisions and assorted emergencies are dispatched by Santa Barbara County on 153.770 Mhz.

Local public safety radio frequencies, WRA communications plans and CalOES FIRESCOPE downloads are posted here.

Please call the office at 964-7194 if you have any questions.

Updated: 5 July 2017 MSW

July 1, 2017   Comments Off on Local, Regional, State and Federal Radio Frequency Updates

Defensible Space Inspections – UPDATE

Beginning June 1, 2017 the Santa Barbara County Fire Department (SBCFD) began conducting defensible space inspections. A minimum of 100 feet of defensible space is required around your home in Santa Barbara County. Engine companies will perform inspections and provide homeowners with educational material on how to comply. This year new State requirements require firefighters to also collect information pertaining to the structure itself including water systems, access, addressing, fire resistance, and surrounding slope. This information will become part of a state wide database of all structures in the State Responsibility Area (SRA) and will be used for Pre-Plans, the Defensible Space Program, and for post-fire damage assessments. With the year-round threat of wildfire, the defensible space requirement is enforced at all times in Santa Barbara County. Non-compliant homeowners are subject to be cited.

The SBCFD reminds people that defensible space is the area around a structure free of flammable plants and objects that creates a zone in which firefighters can operate safely in order to help protect a home during a wildfire. This space is wide enough to prevent direct flame impingement and reduce the amount of radiant heat reaching the structure. The defensible space for each structure varies and depends on the type of vegetation and topography. Maintaining this defensible space is critical. The Ready! Set! Go! Program was launched in May 2009 as a new approach to educating Southern California residents about the now year-round threat of wildfire. This public education program seeks to gain active public involvement in reducing life and property loss caused by wildfires. This program is presented in 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.

To learn more about Ready! Set! Go!, please visit www.sbcfire.com.

Maintaining defensible space is critical in stopping a wildfire from destroying your home. Defensible space is part of every homeowner’s responsibility.

June 22, 2017   Comments Off on Defensible Space Inspections – UPDATE


Updated: June 27, 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.

Los Padres_climate change summary_Final_March 2016
Chapter 15_Climate Change Trends for Chaparral
EGV_SMP_Relative Hazard Rating Fuels

Development Team Memo – Timing of CEQA Compliance for CWPP

SMP CWPP Fuel Modification Guidelines – Version 2

EGV SMP Damage Run Potential San Marcos Pass

Community Wildfire Protection Plan Development Process


DRAFT- Development Team Mtg Agenda_MAY15_2017

Fuel Treatment Effectiveness_05012017

19APR2017_draft_structure related components

Ember Exposure Zones_02232017

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 →]

January 24, 2017   Comments Off on CWPP – UPDATE

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