- High Fire Season Preparedness and Response Levels
On Monday, May 22, 2017, the Santa Barbara County Fire Department (SBCFD), in conjunction with all other local fire jurisdictions, will declare the beginning of the 2017 High Fire Season period for all areas of Santa Barbara County.
Because of this declaration, all burn permits issued for residential burning and hazard reduction will be suspended. In addition, the SBCFD will be increasing the number of resources (e.g., engines, dozers, crews, helicopters, etc.) responding to reported vegetation fires during the High Fire Season.
The SBCFD would like to take this opportunity to remind everyone who lives, works, and plays in Santa Barbara County to be extra vigilant about fire safety this fire season. Remember to maintain vegetation clearance around structures, review and be familiar with your "Ready! Set! Go!" wildfire action plan, and be extra cautious and aware when traveling or staying in the wildland areas of the county.
For more information about Ready! Set! Go! Please visit www.sbcfire.com.
- NOTIFICATION OF ROAD CLOSURE
AT: 2663 MONTROSE PL
DATE: WEDNESDAY- MAY 31.2017
TIME: 8:00 AM TO 12:00 PM
SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA EDISON COMPANY, THROUGH THElR CONTRACTOR, HOTLINE
CONSTRUCTION, WILL BE REMOVING AND REPLACING A POWERPOLE AT:
2663 MONTROSE PL
A TRAFFIC ROAD CLOSURE WILL BE IN AFFECT DURING THE DATE OF:
WEDNESDAY- MAY 31.2017
NO THRU TRAFFIC WiLL BE ALLOWED PAST THE FOLLOWING:
2656 & 2665 MONTROSE PL
PLEASE PARK A WAY FROM THE "NO PARKlNG" SIGNS. EMERGENCY VEHICLES WILL
HAVE ACCESS WHEN WORK AREA IS CLEARED AND DEEMED SAFE TO DRIVE THRU.
YOUR UNDERSTANDING AND COOPERATION IS APPRECIATED AS EDISON WORKS
TO MAINTAIN ELECTRICAL SERVICES.
PLEASE NOTE THE WORK PLANNED FOR; WEDNESDAY- MAY 31. 2017
BETWEEN THE WORK HOURS OF: 8:00 AM TO 12:00 PM
SHOULD YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS, PLEASE CONTACT THE FOLLOWING:
HOTLINE CONSTRUCTION: CARLOS RODRIGUEZ (951) 692-8709
- Defensible Space Inspections
SANTA BARBARA, Ca. May 10, 2017– Beginning June 1, the Santa Barbara County Fire Department (SBCFD) will be 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. 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.
4410 Cathedral Oaks Road, Santa Barbara, CA 93110
ERIC L. PETERSON
Captain Dave Zaniboni
Office 805- 681-5531
News Line 805-681-5546
All Santa Barbara County Fire Department Public Service Announcements are available at www.sbcfire.com
- Mission Canyon Vegetation Chipping / Hazard Reduction (Brush Day) Starts May 31, 2017.
This year, MCA's hazard reduction will be by county hand crew on Mission Canyon Road, Tunnel Road, and Las Canoas Road starting on May 31st. County Fire anticipates 5 to 7 days for completion. As last year, they will chip any vegetation brought to wide shoulders on the above-mentioned roads. If not on Mission Canyon, Tunnel or Las Canoas Roads, you may take vegetation to the wide area on Mission Canyon Road north of Station 15. Detailed chipping directions follow:
Please Note: There are very specific requirements regarding what can be chipped and how vegetation should be stacked. The following chipping instructions outline specific requirements. Vegetation that does not meet these requirements will not be chipped and will be left on site. The property owner will be responsible for legal disposal of any material that cannot be chipped.
- Cut vegetation must be stacked by the first day of scheduled chipping for your area. Chippers will only make one pass along project areas. Material stacked after scheduled start date will not be chipped and will be the responsibility of the homeowner to remove.
- Cut material should not be placed along the roadway until 2 weeks prior to chipping.
- Cut vegetation must be laid in a pile along the street area and outside of the drivable roadway.
- The cut end of all vegetation must face the street so contractors can easily handle vegetation.
- When stacking material keep a 3' to 5' horizontal setback and vertical clearances from fences, power poles, brush, structures and other ignitable material.
- Place materials in an obvious location away from vegetation so they do not blend in with remaining landscaping.
- Branches and limbs should be no greater than 6 inches in diameter.
- Piles must be stacked no more than 4 feet in height. Long piles are OK as long as they are not over 4 feet in height.
- Brush should be left in long lengths (4-7 feet). Cut vegetation is much easier to chip when it is longer.
- Cut vegetation should not be tied into bundles.
- Old dead vegetation that has been lying around for years cannot be chipped (this type of vegetation damages chipper blades).
- Piles or materials such as root balls that have rocks, dirt, or other debris cannot be chipped.
- Piles pushed or moved by mechanical equipment, i.e. tractor will not be chipped.
- Material in plastic bags will not be picked up or chipped.
- Plants that cannot be chipped: pine needles, leaf litter, agave and succulents, palm fronds, exotic pests such as castor bean, arundo, thistle, pampas grass, Scotch/French/Spanish broom, bamboo, Cape/German ivy.
- Water Rates Subject to Change
For many years, Mission Canyon, along with other areas outside the city of Santa Barbara, that used city water, payed 130% of the price people inside the city payed.
This changed this past year, so that Out-of-City water users were charged equal to what In-City residents payed.
Tier 1 rates went from $5.46 for 4 HCF to $4.56
Tier 2 went from $11.06 for 9 HCF to $12.97
Tier 1 rates went from $4.20 for 4 HCF to $4.56
Tier 2 went from $8.51 for 9 HCF to $12.97
An upcoming City Council meeting will be revisiting this, to determine future water rates for In-City and Out-of-City residents. A partial explanation can be found in the attached Council Agenda Report for the upcoming 25 April City Council meeting.
In particular, pay attention to the three possible "approaches" to dealing with Out-of-City customers (that's us).
- Service Area Average
- Cost Increment for Out-of-City Customers
- Pumped Versus Non-Pumped
If you are interested in knowing how your water rate will be determined you might want to attend this meeting. For particulars see the linked City Council agenda for 25 April. Please note that this is item is #13 on the agenda, so likely to be late in the afternoon.
If you have cable, you can watch it on channel 18, or watch it online here: http://www.santabarbaraca.gov/gov/depts/cityadmin/watch/
- Mission Canyon Association Questionnaire on Short Term Rentals
The Mission Canyon Association board of directors is considering weighing in on the short term rental (STR) issue now pending before the Board of Supervisors. Toward that end, we would appreciate hearing from as many MCA members as possible on this issue so that whatever position MCA takes will accurately reflect its members' views. Thanks in advance for your help.
Link to the Survey
- Mission Canyon Cell Phone Reception Questionnaire
The Mission Canyon Association is surveying Canyon residents about their experience with cell phone reception. Verizon is currently proposing installing a new cell phone tower in the canyon (possibly on property owned by the Botanic Garden), and the Garden has asked the Association for feedback on whether an additional tower is warranted. If built, other wireless providers (AT&T, T-Mobile, etc.) will be able to "piggy-back" their services on such a tower. Therefore, your help in responding to the following few questions will help us greatly in assessing the need for a new tower. Thanks in advance for your cooperation and help.
Link to the Survey
- For older news, please see our Canyon Issues page.
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