WEATHER »
Campfire along Rattlesnake Canyon during fire season

Dan McCaslin

Campfire along Rattlesnake Canyon during fire season


Rattlesnake Canyon Campfire Found


Hiking through Rattlesnake Meadow (aka “Tin Can Flat”) early Sunday morning with a friend, we found evidence of a campfire with 18-inch-high, black burn marks on the boulder behind it. We had been through the area on Friday but no campfire remnants were there at the time. A large wooden sign at the beginning of Rattlesnake Canyon forbids firearms, mountain bikes, overnight camping, and campfires or fires of any sort.

Despite the fact that the creek below is still flowing a bit, the canyon is very dry, and the fire danger is high as we endure our third year of drought. City Fire has been notified and will be keeping an eye on this as an “area of suspicion.”

To submit a comment on this article, email letters@independent.com or visit our Facebook page. To submit information to a reporter, email tips@independent.com.



event calendar sponsored by:

School Shooting Threat to Santa Maria Schools Made via Facebook

Further investigation revealed that suspect did not have access to firearms.

Celebration of Life Ceremony Scheduled for Mark “Marky” Meza, Jr.

The 21-year-old former Carpinteria resident was killed in the Borderline shooting.

Jennifer Doudna Talks Gene Editing

She's confident the controversial technology will be used for good.

Phone Scammers Target Businesses

Pretend to have a delivery that just needs some cash or a wire transfer.

Former Ataris Bassist Pleads Guilty to Real Estate Scam

Michael Davenport faces up to 30 years in prison.