Low Fire Season Preparedness
updated: Dec 05, 2012, 9:40 AM
Source: Santa Barbara County Fire Department
- Transition to Low Fire Season Preparedness Level -
SANTA BARBARA, Ca. December 5, 2012 - As of 8 am on December 10, 2012, the Santa
Barbara County Fire Department, in cooperation with the Operational Area Fire Departments,
will transition from a High Fire Season to a Low Fire Season Preparedness Level. This
transition is in response to current rainfall totals throughout the County and the projected shift
in weather patterns that will influence fuel moisture levels.
Response levels may vary on a daily basis based on predicted weather patterns and local fuel
moisture levels. If the potential exists, staffing levels can be increased. The response levels
will be evaluated each day during the Low Fire Season Preparedness Level.
With the transition to the Low Fire Season Preparedness Level, the ban on permit burning
within State Responsibility Areas (SRA) and Local Responsibility Areas (LRA) within the
jurisdiction of the Santa Barbara County Fire Department will be lifted. Individuals with a
valid permit may resume permitted burning in Santa Barbara County.
Prior to issuance of a permit, all burn sites and piles will be inspected by Santa Barbara County
Fire Department for compliance with the appropriate permit conditions.
Although the fire danger has decreased considerably, it is still possible to have wildfires during
the winter months in Southern California. Santa Barbara County residents are encouraged to
continue to reduce flammable vegetation around their structures, property and roads. Through
the Ready! Set! Go! Program, land owners have the opportunity to be educated about issues
concerning defensible space and vegetation removal.
Contact Information: Captain David Sadecki
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