Smoke Due to Permit Burning

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Smoke Due to Permit Burning
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Update by edhat staff

The Santa Barbara County Fire Department reports Monday is a scheduled permit burning day.

Additionally, the Los Padres National Forest Service released the following press release:

"Los Padres National Forest officials today announced plans to begin implementing their annual prescribed burning operations on the Forest. When favorable weather conditions are present, specific project locations and dates will be shared on the Forest’s Facebook and Twitter accounts.
 
The objectives of the projects are to reduce the risk of catastrophic wildfire to people and communities, create conditions which offer a safer and more effective wildfire response, foster more resilient ecosystems, and minimize the effects of large wildfires on the landscape.
 
When implementing these projects, fire managers follow a burn plan that outlines the “prescription” or environmental conditions such as temperature, wind, fuel moisture, ventilation and relative humidity that need to be present before the project begins. When the criteria are met, crews implement, monitor, and patrol each burn to ensure it meets the goals and objectives outlined by managers. The prescribed fire program will continue through the winter and spring months as permitted by weather and other environmental factors.
 
Prescribed fires including both understory and pile burning are intended to reduce the amount of vegetation, such as needles, small plants, brush, and small trees which can carry fire from the forest floor into the treetops. Studies and experience have shown that prescribed fires stimulate the growth of grasses, forbs and shrubs that provide food for deer, mountain quail and other wildlife.
 
The ignition of all prescribed burns is dependent on the availability of personnel and equipment and appropriate conditions. Prescribed burn planning and execution are closely coordinated with the National Weather Service and Air Quality Management Districts in order to manage smoke production and minimize impacts as much as possible.
 
When these burns occur, information signs will be posted along the roadways to alert the public to the burning activity and subsequent visible smoke in the area.
 
For questions on the Los Padres National Forest prescribed fire program, please contact Gregory Thompson at (661) 245-3731."
 


By an edhat reader

Looking towards Santa Barbara from Goleta I see a plume of strong smoke, any idea what it is?

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Emmenanthe Feb 12, 2019 08:42 AM
Smoke Due to Permit Burning

This reminded me of when I would see columns of smoke on Wednesday mornings while on the bus to school - the weekly burn day back when.

SantaBarbaraObserver Feb 11, 2019 03:16 PM
Smoke Due to Permit Burning

Its as wet as wet can be, there's no concern for a wildfire right now.

Potif Feb 11, 2019 06:48 PM
Smoke Due to Permit Burning

I agree that the chances are low for a wildfire. However I still have a lot of respect for Mother Nature, and her ability to 'allow' the unexpected. And, if a fire gets hot enough, it can dry out things pretty fast.

a-1566684202 Feb 11, 2019 11:49 AM
Smoke Due to Permit Burning

Let's get rid of permit burning. New rule: wood chippers required for ALL clearances on farms, ranches....just like the rest of us who have to safely dispose of tree cuttings. Their convenience isn't worth an uncontrolled wildfire destroying all our residences.

a-1566684202 Feb 12, 2019 06:54 AM
Smoke Due to Permit Burning

A wood chipper doesn't remove the fuel. In fact, it makes it dry out faster and increases surface area, making it easier to burn. Not a good idea.

tagdes Feb 11, 2019 03:31 PM
Smoke Due to Permit Burning

And you're going to cover the cost for a tree service to clear even 10 or 20 acres or rent the chipper and the labor to do it.

Potif Feb 11, 2019 11:18 AM
Smoke Due to Permit Burning

I should also add, that the first place I checked was CHP dispatch to see if a 'report of fire' was listed, and when one wasn't... I came straight to EDHAT! And, of course, I wasn't disappointed! It was already reported, and answered :)

Potif Feb 11, 2019 01:38 PM
Smoke Due to Permit Burning

Many of the big fires around here have started out looking just like that. Having lived in an area threatened by several of them, ANY smoke can make a person a bit nervous.

a-1566684202 Feb 11, 2019 01:12 PM
Smoke Due to Permit Burning

There is a big difference between the thin wisps of smoke from an ag burn and the thick heavy plume from a house fire or even a grass or brush fire. A couple of inches of rain will also dampen the likelihood of a brush fire.

Potif Feb 11, 2019 11:12 AM
Smoke Due to Permit Burning

Thank you!!! I saw that plume and wondered myself. Even with on a 'permit day', it is still a bit unnerving for many to see smoke now. May it remain under control...

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