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BRUSH FIRE

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REY INCIDENT
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The Rey Fire continues to display extreme fire behavior due to critical live fuel moistures of 50-60% in decadent chemise and chapparal burning in some areas with no recorded fire history. Santa Cruz Creek and Santa Ynez Watersheds continue to remain threatened which is a critical water source. This watershed and Lake Cachuma provides 80% pf the water supply to the South Coast.

Current information can be found at www.countyofsb.org. With an Air Quality Watch in place throughout the county, residents are encouraged to limit their exposure to smoke and can check hourly air quality readings taken at various locations, found on https://www.ourair.org/todays-air-quality/.

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For more information about the Rey Fire, call or text (805) 364-2738 or email reyfireinfo@gmail.com.

Facebook: facebook.com/lospadresnationalforest/ Twitter: @lospadresnf andsbcfireinfo@eliasonmike

Additional fire information available at the WRA Nextdoor page.

EVACUATIONS – ROAD CLOSURE

East Camino Cielo Road will be closed to all traffic at the junctions of Painted Cave Road and Gibralter Road for the safety of firefighter personnel and equipment movement. An evacuation order remains in effect for the Paradise Road recreation areas, parts of Stagecoach Road and the Los Prietos Boys Camp. Paradise Road remains closed. Campgrounds will remain closed through the weekend. Highway 154 is open to traffic.

Paradise Road open to residents and those associated with the fire effort. ID is required. Residents can monitor the status of the fire, and heed any guidance made available on the County of Santa Barbara website at www.countyofsb.org. Residents may contact the public information center by dialing 211.

FIRE WEATHER PLANNING FORECAST FOR SOUTHWESTERN CALIFORNIA
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE LOS ANGELES/OXNARD CA
323 PM PDT THU AUG 25 2016

DISCUSSION…
A WEAK TROUGH OF LOW PRESSURE WILL SLOWLY MOVE THROUGH THE AREA THROUGH EARLY SATURDAY…BRINGING MILDER TEMPERATURES AND HUMIDITIES WITH GUSTIER ONSHORE FLOW. THE STRONGEST WINDS WILL BE IN THE ANTELOPE VALLEY WITH GUSTS TO BETWEEN 35 AND 45 MPH. LIGHT SUNDOWNER WINDS SHOULD FORM AGAIN TONIGHT…BUT WILL BE MUCH WEAKER THAN THE LAST COUPLE OF NIGHTS. HIGH PRESSURE WILL STRENGTHEN OVER THE REGION LATE SATURDAY THROUGH WEDNESDAY WITH WARMER AND DRIER CONDITIONS. BY TUESDAY…HIGH TEMPERATURES
BETWEEN 93 AND 103 DEGREES WILL BE COMMON AWAY FROM THE COAST. ONSHORE FLOW WILL WEAKEN WHILE NORTHWEST FLOW STRENGTHENS. A MODERATE SUNDOWNER IS POSSIBLE BY MONDAY AND TUESDAY NIGHT WITH GUSTS OVER 30 MPH. ELEVATED FIRE WEATHER CONDITIONS ARE EXPECTED NEXT WEEK DUE TO RECORD DRY FUELS AND WARMER AND DRIER CONDITIONS…BUT RED FLAG WARNING CONDITIONS ARE NOT EXPECTED.

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SANTA BARBARA COUNTY MOUNTAINS-
323 PM PDT THU AUG 25 2016

.TONIGHT…
SKY/WEATHER………MOSTLY CLEAR. SMOKY AT TIMES.
MIN TEMPERATURE…..58-67 LOW ELEVATIONS TO 48-56 COLDER VALLEYS
AND PEAKS.
24 HR TREND……DOWN 4.
MAX HUMIDITY……..30-50 PERCENT EXCEPT 80-100 PERCENT COLDER
VALLEYS AND COASTAL SLOPES.
24 HR TREND……UP 4.
20-FOOT WINDS…….
VALLEYS/LWR SLOPES…NORTHWEST 6-12 MPH WITH LOCAL GUSTS TO 20 MPH
BECOMING VARIABLE 3-8 MPH.
RIDGES/UPR SLOPES….NORTHWEST 6-12 MPH WITH LOCAL GUSTS TO 20 MPH
BECOMING NORTH 5-10 MPH.
MARINE LAYER……..1800 FT ASL.
LAL……………..1.
CWR (>0.10 IN)……0 PERCENT.

.FRIDAY…
SKY/WEATHER………MOSTLY SUNNY. SMOKY AT TIMES.
MAX TEMPERATURE…..80-86 LOW ELEVATIONS TO 72-78 HIGHER ELEVATIONS
AND COASTAL SLOPES.
24 HR TREND……DOWN 4.
MIN HUMIDITY……..35-50 PERCENT EXCEPT 20-30 PERCENT HIGHER PEAKS
AND WARMER VALLEYS.
24 HR TREND……UP 5.
20-FOOT WINDS…….
VALLEYS/LWR SLOPES…VARIABLE 3-6 MPH BECOMING UPSLOPE 6-12 MPH
WITH LOCAL GUSTS TO 20 MPH IN THE AFTERNOON.
RIDGES/UPR SLOPES….NORTHEAST 5-10 MPH BECOMING NORTHWEST 6-12 MPH
WITH LOCAL GUSTS TO 20 MPH IN THE AFTERNOON.
MARINE LAYER……..2000 FT ASL.
LAL……………..1.
CWR (>0.10 IN)……0 PERCENT.

.FRIDAY NIGHT…
SKY/WEATHER………MOSTLY CLEAR. SMOKY AT TIMES.
MIN TEMPERATURE…..58-67 LOW ELEVATIONS TO 48-56 COLDER VALLEYS
AND PEAKS.
MAX HUMIDITY……..30-50 PERCENT EXCEPT 80-100 PERCENT COLDER VALLEYS.
20-FOOT WINDS…….
VALLEYS/LWR SLOPES…NORTHWEST 6-12 MPH WITH LOCAL GUSTS TO 20 MPH
BECOMING VARIABLE 3-8 MPH.
RIDGES/UPR SLOPES….NORTHWEST 6-12 MPH WITH LOCAL GUSTS TO 20 MPH
BECOMING NORTHEAST 5-10 MPH.
LAL……………..1.
CWR (>0.10 IN)……0 PERCENT.

.SATURDAY…
SKY/WEATHER………MOSTLY SUNNY. SMOKY AT TIMES.
MAX TEMPERATURE…..82-89 LOW ELEVATIONS TO 74-80 HIGHER
ELEVATIONS.
MIN HUMIDITY……..25-45 PERCENT EXCEPT 15-25 PERCENT HIGHER PEAKS
AND WARMER VALLEYS.
20-FOOT WINDS…….
VALLEYS/LWR SLOPES…VARIABLE 3-6 MPH BECOMING WEST TO NORTHWEST 6-12 MPH
WITH LOCAL GUSTS TO 20 MPH IN THE AFTERNOON.
RIDGES/UPR SLOPES….NORTHEAST 5-10 MPH BECOMING NORTH 6-12 MPH
WITH LOCAL GUSTS TO 20 MPH IN THE AFTERNOON.
LAL……………..1.
CWR (>0.10 IN)……0 PERCENT.

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NO DRONE FLY ZONE

When drones interfere with firefighting efforts, a wildfire has the potential to grow larger and cause more damage. On the Soberanes Fire, an FAA Temporary Flight Restriction (TFR) is in effect and any private aircraft or drone that violates the TFR could face serious criminal charges. Even without a TFR, anyone who hampers firefighting efforts could face charges. For more information on drones, visit the FAA’s website or Know Before You Fly. If you fly, we can’t!

COMMUNICATIONS

171.500     LPF 1
167.100     NIFC C5
173.0375   NIFC C12
171.0875  NIFC C76
168.200    NIFC T2
168.600    NIFC T3
166.725     NIFC T5
166.775     NIFC T6
168.250    NIFC T7
166.550    R5 Tac. 4
167.1125   R5 Tac. 5
168.2375  R5 Tac. 6
173.825    Air/Ground Tac.
167.9875  Air/Ground Command (Current frequency in use)
156.075    CALCORD
168.625    Airguard

124.075     Victor
123.450     UNICOM

154.415      WRA SMM

PUBLIC HEALTH ANNOUNCEMENT

Air Quality Watch Issued for Santa Barbara County, Smoke from Rey Fire

Rey Fire Smoke Information

As the Rey Fire continues to burn toward the Dick Smith Wilderness residents and visitors may be impacted by smoke. Smoke impacts will be greater in the morning and evening hours. People can follow simple guidelines to reduce their exposure on smoky days:

• Stay indoors as much as possible, especially seniors and children. Plan your outdoor activities for times and places with low smoke levels. Up-slope breezes occur during the day which will often take smoke into higher elevations. In the evening, these winds change direction and bring smoke down slope to lower elevations.
• Close windows, doors, and outside vents when it is smoky to prevent accumulations indoors. Run your air conditioner, if you have one. Ventilate your home and work place during periods of little or no smoke.
• Drink lots of water, eat a balanced diet, and get adequate rest. A healthy immune system is the best protection against the effects of smoke.
• Don’t bother wearing paper masks which are designed to trap large dust particles. These masks generally will not protect your lungs from wildland fire smoke.
• Be diligent about taking your medicines as prescribed by your doctor if you have heart or lung disease, asthma or emphysema. People with pre-existing respiratory problems are at greater risk.

Smoke from the Rey Fire is affecting air quality in the county. The fire has been growing and is expected to produce more smoke today. Levels of smoke and particles, and areas impacted in the county, will vary, depending on winds and weather conditions, and the containment of the fire. To view results from county air quality monitors, see https://www.ourair.org/todays-air-quality/.

August 18, 2016   Comments Off on BRUSH FIRE

DRIFT SMOKE IN THE AREA

Drift smoke from the Soberanes Fire in Monterey County is impacting the San Marcos Pass and local mountain communities. Appropriate precautions are recommended. Further information on the fire can be found here.

Air Quality Statement
Potential Impacts in Santa Barbara County from
Wildfires and High Temperatures this Summer

The Santa Barbara County Public Health Department and the Santa Barbara County Air Pollution Control District issued a statement noting that local air quality conditions may be impacted by wildfires and higher temperatures throughout the summer. Depending on wind and weather conditions, smoke and ash from the Soberanes Fire currently burning in Monterey County, as well as other wildfires across California, could affect the county’s air. In addition, high temperatures may help generate elevated levels of ground-level ozone, commonly referred to as smog.

Both smoke and smog can cause negative health effects. Symptoms can include coughing, wheezing, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, chest tightness or pain, palpitations, nausea, and unusual fatigue or lightheadedness. Be cautious and use common sense to protect your and your family’s health this summer if wildfire conditions and high temperatures continue. Contact your doctor if you experience symptoms.

Be aware that winds can stir up ash over time, and those particles can be broken into smaller particles and get blown into the air. You are urged to avoid using leaf blowers or doing any activities that will stir up ash. If ash is present, sweep gently with a broom and take your car to a car wash. Everyone should avoid skin contact with ash, and no one with heart or lung conditions should handle ash cleanup.
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July 28, 2016   Comments Off on DRIFT SMOKE IN THE AREA

West Camino Cielo Hazard Reduction

Santa Barbara County Fire will be starting hazard reduction along West Camino Cielo Rd from Hwy 154 to at least Windamere starting June 6th. The work will be performed by the county hand crew who will chip any extra cut vegetation brought to the road by the residents. The material needs to be cached at wide spots to avoid impacting the road access. The project is anticipated to take 8 to 10 working days.

If you have any questions please call the WRA at 964-7194.Project Chipping Instructions

 

May 25, 2016   Comments Off on West Camino Cielo Hazard Reduction

Annual Art and Garden Sale

Attention All Shoppers! The 3rd annual WRA MOUNTAIN ART and GARDEN SALE will be held in Fall 2016. This is our major fundraiser to support the San Marcos Pass Volunteer Fire Department. Please check back in September for specific date and location. Hope we can count on your support again this year.

If you are interested in helping with the planning, please give us a call at 964-7194.

May 25, 2016   Comments Off on Annual Art and Garden Sale

Santa Barbara Mountain Communities Defense Zone Project

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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