Paradise Canyon

WRA Area Representative
Susan Del Real, Director

Paradise Canyon is served by the San Marcos Pass Volunteer Fire Department in addition to the US Forest Service and the Santa Barbara County Fire Department who is the primary agency for structure fires, medical assistance and traffic collisions.  An engine is also located at the Los Prietos Boys Camp that is sponsored by several agencies, including the WRA. The engine is staffed by county probation staff.

Paradise Homeowners Association
Bruce Johnston, President
2 Fremont Lane
Santa Barbara, CA 93105

Rancho Oso
Guest Ranch & Stables
3750 Paradise Road
Reservations: 805-683-5686
Trail Rides: 805-683-5110

Rosario Park

Michael S. Williams
Community Representative

Rosario Park is served by the San Marcos Pass Volunteer Fire Department, in addition to the US Forest Service and the Santa Barbara County Fire Department. One San Marcos Pass VFD compressed air foam system (CAFS) patrol is located in the community for initial fire attack and community service.

Rosario Park Water Company
Ms. Vera Breedlove, President
285 Rosario Park Rd.

Rosario Park Mutual Water Company, Inc.
Michael Holliday, AIA, NCARB
288 Rosario Park Road

San Marcos Pass

Ugo Arnoldi, Vice President
Community Representative

When threatened by a fast moving wildfire, you should gather your family and leave immediately. Do not wait. Execute your evacuation plan.

Do not panic. Keep alternate routes in mind as a backup should your primary rout become blocked. Know the location of clear or defensible areas in your immediate community if you have to flee suddenly.

Time is a major factor in determining which, if any, of the following activities can be completed. In an immediately encroaching wildfire, you should grab your family and leave immediately. If time permits, you should consider the following:

  • PARK VEHICLES HEADED OUT. Leave keys in ignition. Close car windows. Close garage door but leave it unlocked.
  • Locate and pack pets in carriers.
  • Pack irreplaceable, important documents.
  • Keep radio and scanner tuned to emergency stations for reports and evacuation information.
  • Shut propane tank valve which is located on top of the tank.
  • Close all windows, skylights, interior and exterior doors. This will block circulation of air and movement of fire from room to room. Do not lock.
  • Remove lightweight curtains if possible. Close heavy drapes and blinds.
  • Place ladders against front of house, or away from advancing fire.
  • Check hose connections and water pressure.
  • Fill all available containers with water.
  • Place metal covers on trash containers.
  • Nail plywood covers over windows and vents.
  • Move lawn furniture indoors. Pull combustible furniture away from windows.
  • Put tin foil on inside of windows to reflect heat away from house.
  • Turn on all lights in the house, on the porch, in the garden and in the yard. This will enable fire fighters to spot your property at night.
  • Set lawn sprinkler on roof, connect hose, but do not turn no until you see burning embers begin to fall. Conserve water and water pressure for those who are in more immediate danger. If your roof is nonflammable, as they all should be on the mountain, this procedure should not be necessary.


Check with immediate neighbors on your way out. Honk horn, alert others. Evacuate neighbors pets or open gates and enclosure. Use your judgment as to the safest way these animals will survive.

Offer to take neighbors children, pets and irreplaceable if they are staying to fight the fire. Arrange a meeting place.

If there is time, check with the Volunteer Fire Department or Auxiliary so they do not waste time trying to locate and evacuate your later.

Leave the area quickly but do not speed. Drive safely. It is very important that you do not block the roads.

If Highway 154 Is Impassable
Know the location of clear or defensible areas on the mountain.

West Camino Cielo
Lusink property – behind mailboxes
Gun Club – locked gate

East Camino Cielo
Forest Service Station – next to Cielo Store

Painted Cave
Laurel Springs Ranch

If a situation exists preventing your evacuation from the area, get to one of these safe locations. Park your car heading out, leave keys in car, and windows up.

Remember-your own life is more important than your most valued possessions. If you have taken all proper precautions before the fire, the odds of your property surviving a wildfire are greatly enhanced.

Trout Club

Rocky Siegel, Director
Community Representative

The San Marcos Trout Club is served by the San Marcos Pass Volunteer Fire Department, in addition to the US Forest Service and the Santa Barbara County Fire Department. A San Marcos Pass VFD patrol is located in the community. The patrol vehicle is equipped with a compressed air foam unit for increased initial attack firefighting capabilities.

San Marcos Trout Club, Ltd.
Mary Siegel, President
50 San Marcos Trout Club
Santa Barbara, CA 93105

Painted Cave

The Painted Cave Volunteer Fire Department and Santa Barbara County Fire Safe Council will be hosting a meeting on Sunday, July 15 to discuss fire safety and defense planning for the Painted Cave community. The meeting will cover the following and more:

2018 Fire forecast for our area
Update on the San Marcos Pass Community Wildfire Protection Plan (CWPP)
When the fire comes
Expected County, Forest Service and Mutual Aid responses
Painted Cave Volunteer Fire Department plans
Individual and Community Defense Planning
Community Fuel Break System
Individual Home Protection and Defensible Space
Emergency Notification and Evacuation Planning
Animal Evacuation
Community Participation
Volunteer Projects
Funding our fuel break program

The meeting will focus on current plans for the Painted Cave community, but is open to all interested mountain residents.

If you have questions or cannot attend and would like to receive a post-meeting summary, email or call Kevin Buckley, PCVFD Chief at (805 886-6595) or Phil Seymour, Santa Barbara County Fire Safe Council at (805 692-9335).

Ted Adams, Vice President
Public Information Officer

Roger Haines, Director
Community Representative

The WRA supports the entire mountain community, including Painted Cave, with fire prevention, planning, and fuel mitigation programs, as well as managing the San Marcos Pass Volunteer Fire Department. The WRA also manages the San Marcos Pass Emergency Radio System-SMPERS 1040 AM in conjunction with the Santa Barbara County Fire Safe Council. SMPERS provides public safety and emergency information throughout the San Marcos Pass and mountain community 24 hours a day.

Painted Cave residents who are WRA members receive window decal passes to serve as proof of residency during road closures and/or a reflective address yard sign. If you have any questions please call the WRA office at 964-7194 or contact the local WRA representative.

Painted Cave Mutual Water Company, Inc.

Bud Keeley, President

Painted Cave Volunteer Fire Department, Inc. 
Kevin Buckley
2790 Painted Cave Rd.
Santa Barbara, CA 93105
152.300 rec./157.560 xmit., PL 156.7 “Tone 6”

(Painted Cave Volunteer Fire Department is not affiliated with the WRA. They are a separate California 501 (c) 3 corporation.)

West Camino Cielo

Amy Love, Director
Community Representative