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Los Padres officials announce additional fire restrictions

Los Padres National Forest officials raised fire restrictions July 3 to prohibit campfires anywhere on the Forest except in designated campgrounds. Due to increasing hazards associated with the seasonal decline of fuel moisture levels and predicted fire weather, Forest officials today announced that a ban on recreational target shooting throughout the Forest will take effect on July 7, 2018.

Under the Forest Order, discharging a firearm is prohibited in all areas of Los Padres National Forest except in the designated target ranges at Winchester Canyon Gun Club and the Ojai Valley Gun Club.

Zone “A” rifle deer season, which includes the majority of Los Padres National Forest, opens August 11, 2018. Zone “D-13,” which includes the Mt. Pinos Ranger District and parts of the Ojai Ranger District, opens October 13, 2018. A person hunting during open hunting season for a game bird or mammal as specified in the laws of the State of California and having a valid California hunting license in his or her possession may discharge a firearm at legal game birds or mammals.

A violation of this prohibition is punishable by a fine of up to $5,000 for an individual or $10,000 for an organization, or imprisonment for not more than six months, or both. Law Enforcement Officers will be strictly enforcing this Forest Order in all areas of the Forest.

This restriction will remain in effect until the end of fire season in late autumn

July 3, 2018   Comments Off on Los Padres officials announce additional fire restrictions

Local, Regional, State and Federal Radio Frequency 2018 Updates

Once again there are changes to local, regional and statewide fire radio frequencies. Now is a good time to update the programming of your scanner so you are prepared for our next local emergency.

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 still 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: 20 May 2018 MSW

July 1, 2017   Comments Off on Local, Regional, State and Federal Radio Frequency 2018 Updates


Updated: 2 August 2018

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 represents the Santa Barbara County Fire Safe Council and the WRA.

If you 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.

San Marcos Pass-Eastern Goleta Valley  Mountainous Communites MPEGV CWPP V5 Reduced
San Marcos Pass-Eastern Goleta Valley Mountainous Communities CWPP Draft V3.1 2017NOV30

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 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



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February 16, 2013   Comments Off on Nextdoor