Public Service Announcement



In anticipation of the upcoming storm, the Santa Barbara County Fire Department and the Operational Area departments will be prepositioning resources with increased staffing funded by California Office of Emergency Services. The added personnel (Approx. 38 personnel) and equipment will allow surge capacity augmenting standard response levels for incidents caused by rain, wind, and flooding between March 9th (5pm) – 12th (8am). Sunday March 12th preposition resources will be reevaluated for continuation based on weather conditions related to the projected atmospheric river weather forecast.

Prepositioned Resources

  • Task Force Leader – CRP (Carp/Summerland Fire) Type 6 Engine, LMP (Lompoc Fire) Type 6 Engine, (2) Type 3 Engines from Santa Barbara County Fire Department located in Sisquoc and Buellton 
  • Heavy Equipment Task Force Leader – Heavy Equipment: Grader, Excavator and Loader- Los Alamos
  • SBC Handcrew at Cachuma
  • Emergency Communication Center Captain
  • Logistics Section Chief

The predicted storm temperatures are expected to be warmer conditions associated with a Pineapple Express. Warmer rain has the potential to melt backcountry snowpack increasing water levels in local rivers and creeks. Please stay away from local creeks, rivers and embankments.

Contact Information:
Captain Scott Safechuck
Public Information Officer
Office 805-681-5531
Cell 805-896-6336
News Line 805-681-5546
Email [email protected]
Twitter @SBCFireInfo


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Serving the cities of Buellton, Goleta, and Solvang, and the Communities of Casmalia, Cuyama, Gaviota, Hope Ranch,
Los Alamos, Los Olivos, Mission Canyon, Mission Hills, Orcutt, Santa Maria, Sisquoc, and Vandenberg Village