Los Padres National Forest officials announced last week the selection of Mark von Tillow as the Santa Barbara District’s fire management officer. He succeeds Dana D’Andrea, who retired last fall. A Santa Ynez valley resident and battalion chief for the last decade, von Tillow began his career with the Tahoe National Forest in 1986 and took a job with Los Padres the next year, working with engines, Hotshot crews, and helicopter units during the last 26 years.


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