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Serving the Santa Barbara Mountain Communities of Painted Cave and East Camino Cielo

The Mountain Ember Team's mission is to promote the safety and well-being of our community through disaster preparation and education.  


Painted Cave is a FireWise Community!

Firewise USA® communities are those that have taken appropriate measures to become more resistant to wildfire structural damage. On April 6, 2023 the Mountain Ember Team fulfilled PC's voluntary criteria required to qualify as FireWise certified. Being certified comes with many benefits including annual participation in fuel reduction efforts to protect Painted Cave, maintains a strong network with the Fire Safe Council of Santa Barbara County, and provides insurance discounts for residents. Download the certificate to receive a discount via your insurance provider. 

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Please Join Us

Monthly Board Meetings

Your attendance and participation are always welcome at the Monthly MET Board of Director's Meetings. Please join us via Zoom. Occasionally, we meet in person and will announce the location ahead of time.
When: Monthly, Second Thursday 

Time: 7:00-8:30 pm

Where: Zoom or In-Person

Thank you for your support!

Pained Cave Block Party

June 2024 Painted Cave Block Party

A big thank you to everyone who attended and supported the Painted Cave Block Party on June 23. We had a fantastic day filled with music, delicious food, amazing neighbors, and a jam-packed silent auction with incredible items all donated by our community and local businesses. An extended thank you goes to the Painted Cave Water Company, the SB FireSafe Council, and Tom Dudley for their support in bringing education and entertainment to all of the guests at our vendor booths. If you'd like to be involved next year reach out to

Ways to Donate


Members are the heart of our organization

The Mountain Ember Team (MET) is a 501(c)(3), nonprofit organization dedicated to the safety and well-being of the mountain community in the Painted Cave and San Marcos Pass areas through education, training, disaster preparation and community defense in the event of fires or other natural disasters.​


We are an inclusive and transparent organization and our membership plays an integral role in everything we do.  We depend on the voluntary participation of individuals residing in our community who choose to join this vital effort by becoming MET members.

  • Community Defense Team

  • Vegetation Management (Brush Clearing, Burning, Chipping, Weed Whipping, Environmental Monitoring)

  • Join the Board of Directors

  • Fundraising and Administrative Work

  • Evacuation Preparedness and Planning

  • Community Education and Communications

  • Assistance for Individual Home Hardening and Defensible Space

  • Equipment Logistics and Maintenance

With every new volunteer and member, the MET gets more energized and better equipped to reach our goals of protecting our irreplaceable communities.

Ways to Donate

Ways to Donate

Your generous donations help fund all of the critical activities listed throughout the site. To send a donation using PayPal simply click the button below and enter the amount you would like to donate.  All donations are tax-deducible. 

501(c)3 non-profit   EIN: 83-4221595


Cash and check donations can be mailed to:

Mountain Ember Team

c/o Cheryl Baker, MET Treasurer

4894 Ogram Road, Santa Barbara, CA 93105

Join the Discussion on the MET Community Forum

This forum is a place to share news and information pertaining to Painted Cave and East Camino Cielo. Feel free to start a new post or join an existing conversation. 

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