updated: Dec 05, 2012, 11:11 AM
Source: Santa Barbara County Fire Department
- Permit Burning -
SANTA BARBARA, Ca. December 5, 2012 - On December 10th, the Santa Barbara County
Fire Department will be transitioning from a High Fire Season to a Low Fire Season
With this transition, 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 has been lifted. Individuals with a valid burn permit may resume permitted
burning in Santa Barbara County. Please note: These permits are issued for burn piles only
and are not intended for the burning of standing vegetation.
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. The permittee must
contact the fire department prior to starting any permit burn.
Burn days are determined by the time of year and the weather. Burning during the winter
months when the fuel moisture levels are high and temperatures are low is preferred. Also, the
ability of the smoke to mix with the atmosphere is critical. A high pressure, stable condition is
not recommended for burning due to the inability of the smoke to easily dissipate. Predicted
high winds can also suspend burning. Burning is never allowed on Sundays or holidays. The
Santa Barbara County Fire Department and Air Pollution Control District work closely
together to determine appropriate days for permit burning.
Each day, the Santa Barbara County Fire Department announces on a recorded phone line
whether permit burning is allowed. The public can ascertain whether it is a permissive burn
day by calling (805) 686-8177.
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. For information on the Ready! Set! Go!
program, please log on to www.sbcfire.com.
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