Carpinteria Summerland Engine Company WUI hazard / defensible space inspections

    Engine Company WUI hazard / defensible space inspections. Fire District Engine Companies are engaged in Defensible Space inspections in High Fire Hazard Zones within Wildland Urban Interface.  Engine Company inspection; a recurring program that provides wildland fire safety advice to landowners.  These inspections occur in the Wildland Urban Interface/ High Fire Hazard Zones of the Fire District that lie almost exclusively north of Highway 192.

    Link – Santa Barbara County “Fire Hazard Severity Zones in SRA” (State Responsibility Area):

    Resource materials offer residents a process by which they can develop their own Wildfire Action Plan, an effective approach to personal and structural survivability in a wildfire prone environment. See Ready! Set! Go! -

    For further assistance contact the Fire District Prevention Office at 805-684-4591.

Carpinteria Summerland Ladera Lane / Bella Vista / Hidden Valley Fuel Treatment Network

    A “Fuel Treatment Network” projects reduce hazardous wildland fuels beyond the structure’s required defensible space envelope.  Create a shaded fuel break; designed to leave a mosaic effect on the landscape.

    Goal:  Increase structural survivability; improve emergency access to suppression forces at critical evacuation roadways.  Homeowner and firefighter safety improved.

    Project is continuing, including maintenance.  Current Project funded by California Prevention Fee (SRA fee).

Carpinteria Summerland Toro Canyon / Santa Monica Canyon Fuel Treatment Network

    Fuel Treatment Network; an extension of the fuel reduction efforts east from Ladera Lane across the upper foothills of the Fire District.  Reduce heavy fuel loading, and firefighters will have better chance to safely engage a wildland fire.  Provides extra margin of safety for residents and clears one-way escape routes.

    Projects funded by California Prevention Fee (SRA fee), (Proposition 40 Bond - California Clean Water, Clean Air, Safe Neighborhood Parks, and Coastal Protection Act of 2002).

Carpinteria Summerland Neighborhood Fire Prevention Chipping Program

    Fire District partners with local neighborhoods located in High Fire Hazard Zones to reduce wildfire risk.  Program consists of fuel reduction and chipping services offered by the Fire District in collaboration with at risk Wildland Urban Interface neighborhoods.   Fire Crews help residents reduce hazardous fuels on roadways to maintain safe emergency exits for residents and access for firefighters.

    Inquiries regarding this and other fire safety programs offered by the Fire District can call the Prevention Office at 805-684-4591.

    Additional chipping project funding received through a 2012 California Fire Safe Council Grant.

Carpinteria Summerland Planned Fuel Treatment Network Projects

    Fire District is planning projects for continued Fuel Treatment Network fuel reduction projects and maintenance within the Wildland Urban Interface. Planning for fuel mitigation projects around at risk communities identified in the Community Wildfire Protection Plan.

    Continue the Fire District partnership with WUI residents through the Neighborhood Chipping Program and Engine Company

    Contact information:
    Fire District website:
    Prevention Office:  805-684-4591

Roadside Fire Hazard Abatement

Roadside weed whacking
    Critical Roadside Clearance
    Each spring the District funds fire hazard abatement projects along 12 miles of community roads in the High Fire Severity Zones in Montecito. The project objective is to remove the light and highly ignitable annual vegetation that grows abundantly along road sides. A contract crew with weed whipping tools reduces the fire hazard by eliminating the standing grasses and weeds. The prevention of human caused roadside fire starts is a key objective of the roadside clearance project. In addition, the expanded clearance improves fire apparatus access while improving neighborhood escape routes and evacuation corridors in the event of a wildfire.

Montecito Neighborhood Fire Prevention Projects

    This hallmark program models a shared relationship between the Montecito community and the Fire Protection District. Defensible space surveys are conducted by department specialists. Any trimming, clearing and clean up generated by the surveys is performed by the property owners. The department provides contractor driven chipping services to dispose of cut vegetation and coordinates with the local waste management provider for large bins for any material that cannot be chipped. At the request of the community, the department has expanded the number of project areas every year since it’s inception. 350 to 400 tons of hazardous vegetation is removed and 200 to 300 surveys are conducted annually.

    Montecito Fire Protection District Defensible Space Chipping Schedule:

    • 2/27/17 - El Bosque / Bolero, Hodges, Periwinkle, Juan Crespi, El Dorado, Live Oak and Randal Lane

    • 3/13/17 - Lower Romero, Oak Grove, Alisos, Olive, Piedras, Veloz, Lilac, Feather Hill, Camino Del Rosario, Knollwood, Tabor, and Orchard Lane.

    • 3/27/17 - Pepper Hill, Alston, Woodley, Glenview Drive

    • 4/10/17 – Chelham, Dawlish, Stoddard, Cloydon Circle, and Paso Robles Drive

    • 4/24/17 - Upper Romero, Parkhill Lane, Bella Vista, Park Lane, Park Lane West, Tollis, Winding Creek, and Buena Vista Drive

    • 5/08/17 - Arcady / Knapp, Cowles, Cottage, El Rancho, and Sky View Road

    • 5/22/17 - East Mountain Drive, Irvine, Brook Tree, Oak Creek Canyon, Ashley, and Ayala Lane

    • 6/05/17 - West Mountain Drive, Coyote, and Banana Road

    • 6/19/17 - Sierra Vista, Nicholas, Ridge View, Canyon View, Sycamore Vista, Calle Elegante, Calle Hermosa, Crest View, and Ranchito Vista Road

    • 7/03/16 - Hot Springs Road, Para Grande, and Tejas Lane

    Contact us for a Complimentary Property Survey

    Montecito Fire is looking forward to working with you and your neighbors through our annual spring cleanup projects. Last year we successfully removed over 350 tons of potentially flammable material. Remember: you cut - we chip! If you don’t see your neighborhood represented this year, give us call.

    Get ready!  You can start putting your vegetation out on the roadway two weeks before your scheduled chip week.  Please remember that we cannot accept the placement of new vegetation after the scheduled start date.

    You can contact us at:  805-565-8018

    Vegetation properly stacked will have the cut end facing the street.   Leaves, succulents, agave, pine needles, and palm fronds cannot be chipped.  Property owner are responsible for the proper disposal of these materials.  We look forward to serving your neighborhood.

Montecito Fuel Treatment Networks

    The Montecito Fire Protection District has identified areas that lend to the spread of wild land fire to the community. Existing dangerous fuel, extreme weather and topography are major considerations in mapping these areas. Property owners, County Roads, County Flood Control, and the County Agriculture Commissioner’s Office are all partners in projects designed to reduce the amount of dangerous, highly combustible fuel in these targeted areas. These large projects are conducted through partnerships between public organizations, like the California Conservation Corps, neighboring government and fire organization, and private contractors with the guidance of Department’s Wildland Fire Specialists.

    Projects are conducted year-round depending on budget, weather and biological considerations.

Montecito Defensible Space Surveys

    Each year Montecito Fire Protection District conducts and average of three to four hundred Defensible Space surveys with private property owners.  Some of these are generated by the Department Neighborhood Fire Prevention Projects, some through web and media announcements and some through cold calls to property owners.  The surveys focus on vegetated or landscape zones around structures, the structures themselves (how hardened they are to a wild land fire event), how easy it is to access the property and the existing topography in the area.  A survey form is used during the survey and given the property owner for follow up work.

    Defensible Space Assessment Guide PDF