Red Flag Warning: June 29, 2013

The Garden will be temporarily closed to visitors for the duration of this Red Flag Warning:

From 3:00 pm on Saturday, June 29 - 10:00 am on Sunday, June 30

June 29, 2013

The Santa Barbara Botanic Garden will be closed to general visitation on Saturday, June 29 beginning at 3:00 pm due to a Red Flag Warning of High Fire Danger issued by the National Weather Service for parts of Santa Barbara County. The Garden is closing to general visitation in order to reduce traffic in the Canyon.

In compliance with the Garden’s Conditional Use Permit (CUP) with the County of Santa Barbara, we are obligated to inform the public in the event of any facility closures due to Red Flag Warning conditions. Red Flag conditions typically only last one day, though they can be extended to several days, depending upon weather conditions.

The Garden will be TEMPORARILY closed and will RE-OPEN immediately upon the cancellation of this warning, currently expected to be at 10:00 am on Sunday, June 30. The Garden will again be open to the public at that time. Should any changes to this warning be issued, the Santa Barbara Botanic Garden will provide clarification on our website ( and answer any questions via our main phone line. Please contact the Santa Barbara Botanic Garden at 805-682-4726 before visiting.

This closure also applies to lectures such as the Isabelle Greene lecture, originally scheduled for 3:00 pm on June 29, which will now be held on July 6th from 3-5:00 pm.

We sincerely regret any difficulty this poses to the members and the general public who will be inconvenienced by this closure.

Red Flag Warning means that critical fire weather conditions are either occurring now or will shortly. A combination of strong winds, low relative humidity, and warm temperatures can create extreme fire behavior.

As a result of the issuance of the Red Flag Warning, citizens should take appropriate precautions. These precautions include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Report any sign of smoke immediately to your local fire department by calling 911 (if your call 911 from your cell phone, you must know your location)
  • Use extreme caution when operating spark of flame producing machinery in hazardous grass or brush areas
  • Have an evacuation plan in place and identify two exit routes from your neighborhood. If you are asked to evacuate by fire or law enforcement officials, do so immediately
  • Report any suspicious persons or vehicles to law enforcement

Download Official SBBG Media Alert for this event