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WEATHER WATCH – Saturday Updates



Winter Weather Advisory
National Weather Service Los Angeles/Oxnard CA
Santa Barbara County Mountains-Including the cities of San Marcos Pass,
San Rafael Wilderness Area, and Dick Smith Wilderness Area
1:19 PM PST Sat Feb 16 2019


* WHAT…Snow showers and gusty winds expected. Total snow accumulations of 3 to 6 inches with local amounts up to 8 inches above 5000 feet and up to 2 inches down to 2500 feet through early Monday morning. An occasional mixing of snow is possible across the San Marcos Pass Sunday and Sunday night. Northwest winds 20 to 30 mph with gusts to 45 mph.

* WHERE…Santa Barbara County Mountains.

* WHEN…Until 3 AM PST Monday.

* ADDITIONAL DETAILS…Plan on slippery road conditions, including during the evening commute. Be prepared for reduced visibilities at times.


A Winter Weather Advisory for snow means periods of snow will cause primarily travel difficulties. Be prepared for snow covered roads and limited visibilities, and use caution while driving. The latest road conditions from CalTrans are available by calling 1 800 427 7623.

Fire Weather Planning Forecast for Southwestern California
National Weather Service Los Angeles/Oxnard CA
1:39 PM PST Fri Feb 15 2019


DISCUSSION…Showers will continue through Sunday. Additional showers will be light to locally moderate but brief, with much lower snow levels. Snow will likely impact the Tejon Pass. Drier but still cool conditions will follow Monday through Tuesday or Wednesday, with a potential for another storm or two Thursday through next weekend with very low snow levels, but gusts will still range between 25 and 45 mph. The winds will shift to northwesterly tonight and persist through Sunday, then becoming north by northeasterly Monday and Tuesday.

Sky/weather………Mostly cloudy. Chance of rain and mountain snow showers.
Min temperature…..34-42 low elevations to 25-32 colder peaks.
Max humidity……..80-100 percent.
20-foot winds…….
Valleys/lwr slopes…Northwest 10-20 mph with gusts to 30 mph in the evening becoming west 6-12 mph with gusts to 20 mph.
Ridges/upr slopes….Northwest 15-25 mph with gusts to 40 mph in the evening becoming 10-20 mph with gusts to 30 mph.
CWR (>0.10 IN)……20 percent.

Sky/weather………Mostly cloudy. Rain and mountains snow showers.
Max temperature…..42-49 low elevations to 34-40 higher elevations.
Min humidity……..60-75 percent.
20-foot winds…….
Valleys/lwr slopes…Southwest 6-12 mph with gusts to 20 mph becoming  northwest 10-20 mph with gusts to 30 mph in the afternoon.
Ridges/upr slopes….West 10-20 mph with gusts to 30 mph becoming 15-25 mph with gusts to 40 mph by the afternoon.
CWR (>0.10 IN)……80 percent.


January 31, 2019   Comments Off on WEATHER WATCH – Saturday Updates

Community Wildfire Protection Plan (CWPP) – UPDATED

Updated: 9 February 2019

San Marcos Pass-Eastern Goleta Valley Mountainous Communities
Community Wildfire Protection Plan
Santa Barbara County Fire Department, Captain, Dave Zaniboni

Residents of the San Marcos Pass/Eastern Goleta Valley Mountainous Area in collaboration with the Santa Barbara County Fire Department, the Los Padres National Forest, and the Santa Barbara County Fire Safe Council have completed a draft Community Wildfire Protection Plan (CWPP). The draft San Marcos Pass- Eastern Goleta Valley Mountainous Communities CWPP includes the communities of Painted Cave, San Marcos Trout Club, East and West Camino Cielo, Stagecoach and Coldsprings Road, Paradise Road, Old San Marcos Road, Twin Ridge, and the San Marcos Foothills. The concept of the CWPP arose under federal law with the Healthy Forests Restoration Act (HFRA) in 2003. In March of 2004, the National Association of State Foresters, Society of American Foresters, National Association of Counties, Communities’ Committee, and Western Governor’s Association published the guidance booklet “Preparing a Community Wildfire Protection Plan; A Handbook for Wildland-Urban Interface Communities”. On August 8, 2011, the County Board of Supervisors approved a CWPP Development Process.

The purpose of a CWPP is to identify fire hazard reduction strategies for at-risk communities that are in balance with sustainable ecological management and fiscal resources, and to provide educational resources for residents to enhance fire preparedness. Fire hazard reduction strategies include identifying and prioritizing areas for hazardous fuel reduction treatments, recommending current best practices as to the types and methods of fuel treatments, and recommending measures to reduce structure ignitability. They are collaborative agreements, developed by at-risk communities in consultation with various interested parties and agreed to by the appropriate local government, fire department and the State Forester. Four CWPPs have been developed in the County of Santa Barbara: (1) Mission Canyon Wildfire Protection Plan, (2) Montecito Community Wildfire Protection Plan, and (3) City of Goleta Community Wildfire Protection Plan, and (4) Carpinteria-Summerland Community Wildfire Protection Plan.

Development of the San Marcos Pass/Eastern Goleta Valley Mountainous Area CWPP began in 2016. A CWPP Development Team consisting of community members and technical experts was formed to work in conjunction with a Fire Planning consultant to develop the plan. A County working group consisting of staff from County Fire, Planning and Development, and the County Executive Office gave guidance and support to the Development Team. A draft plan has been completed and is available for review. The draft Plan can be accessed on the Santa Barbara County Fire website at-

Santa Barbara County Fire will host a Public Workshop to review the Draft Plan on February 7, 2019, from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM. The workshop will be held at the Santa Barbara County Planning Commission Hearing Room located at 123 East Anapamu Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101.

Community Wildfire Protection Plan 

Dear WRA Members and the San Marcos Pass Community:

Version 10 of the CWPP is posted below. In coming weeks the WRA will be issuing additional bulletins and posting regarding the CWPP. If you have questions, please contact the WRA by email at community@wildlandresidents.org or call the office at 805-964-7194. You can also email the Development Team through the county fire department at CWPP@countyofsb.org.

CWPP Draft V10 eBook

San Marcos Pass Eastern Goleta Valley CWPP_Draft V10_PDF_Reduced_2018 NOV. 04

Home Survival in Wildfire Prone Areas- Building Materials and Design Considerations Cal Fire Homeowners Checklist
Cal Fire Homeowners Checklist
Los Padres_climate change summary_Final_March 2016
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 Community Wildfire Protection Plan (CWPP) – UPDATED

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



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