Annual Solvang Christmas Tree Burn Scheduled for Friday

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Source: City of Solvang

The City of Solvang, California (www.CityofSolvang.com) and the Santa Barbara County Fire Department (www.SBCFire.com) will, once again, hold the annual Solvang Christmas Tree Burn on Friday, January 7, 2022, from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM, in the empty field adjacent to Old Mission Santa Inés (1760 Mission Drive, Solvang). The January 7 Tree Burn will be the 31st annual for the City of Solvang, which did not host a Tree Burn in January 2021 due to COVID concerns and the associated Santa Barbara County guidelines at that time.

The Solvang Christmas Tree Burn is usually held in early January as a wrap-up of the month-long Solvang Julefest celebration, and is considered to be one of the largest fire safety demonstrations along the California Central Coast. The January 7, 2022 Tree Burn will include music, a retirement of American Flags led by Boy Scout Troops 007 and 41, a fire safety demonstration, and refreshments for sale, with the grand finale of igniting the gathered trees.

Christmas trees may be dropped off at any time up until 4:00 PM on January 7. All City of Solvang residents may also leave their Christmas trees curbside the week of January 3, and Waste Management will pick them up on respective service days. The City of Solvang asks that residents and businesses please do not drop off or leave curbside flocked trees, or trees with ornaments, tinsel, or other decorations.

For further information and updates about the January 7 Tree Burn and fire safety demonstration, please visit www.SolvangJulefest.org/treeburn or contact Solvang City Hall at (805) 688-5575. Fire-related inquiries may be directed to Santa Barbara County Fire Department at www.SBCFire.com/inquire.

 
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PitMix Jan 05, 2022 07:05 AM
Annual Solvang Christmas Tree Burn Scheduled for Friday

Can't go against a rural tradition, can we? A moment of smoke and mirrors, and a lifetime of global warming. Seems equitable.
I can't believe people still kill millions of trees each year to have a happy holiday, anyway. We went to a live tree many years ago and then we plant it when it gets too big. In England there is a place where you rent a live tree each year, then return it to the farm until the next Xmas. Now that's using our big monkey brains for something positive!

a-1641417610 Jan 05, 2022 01:20 PM
Annual Solvang Christmas Tree Burn Scheduled for Friday

I try to think of the Christmas tree farms like any other plant crop: they grow them, harvest them, plant more. For the most part, people aren’t going into the forest to cut trees. Trees do take years to grow, but is it worse to harvest a farm-grown tree than it is to harvest a broccoli plant? I haven’t decided.

Channelfog Jan 05, 2022 10:41 AM
Annual Solvang Christmas Tree Burn Scheduled for Friday

Though the chippers and trucks are fossil driven, I would bet that more Carbon is sequestered by chipping than is produced to do so. The chips also benefit the land health and moisture retention. Burning Man brought out the Pyrophile in me so I understand why the locals want to maintain their tradition. Minimal Carbon peanuts either way.

a-1641352127 Jan 04, 2022 07:08 PM
Annual Solvang Christmas Tree Burn Scheduled for Friday

Although it's a tradition, and fun to some, there is a health hazard associated with the burn itself, and the possibility of crowd transmission of the covid bug. It would be nice if an alternative could slide in there next year -- chipping and composting the trees with a nice celebration attached, with food and drink, a band, and maybe even a little education about air pollution. Participants could get free bags of compost materials.
"You may say I'm a dreamer
But I'm not the only one
I hope someday you'll join us
And the world will live as one" John Lennon Imagine

RHS Jan 04, 2022 06:34 PM
Annual Solvang Christmas Tree Burn Scheduled for Friday

We, as ordinary folks, are so easily distracted by the bright and shiny objects! Burning these trees is an insignificant contributor to global warming. Just as my washing my car at home is an insignificant part of the water shortage. While we focus on this sort of thing others are cavorting with monstrous behaviors such as tourist space launches by the uber wealthy or planting of thousands of acres of almonds that are watered with diminishing aquifers. Etc. Let the folks in Solvang have this moment of annual fun on a clear and crisp winter's night. If you want to be righteous go after the people who pollute and consume immensely beyond such things.

CoastWatch Jan 04, 2022 05:50 PM
Annual Solvang Christmas Tree Burn Scheduled for Friday

People from SB popping off about what happens in the SYV- Classic... These same people want to flee to Texas and Idaho to TELL them they are doing it all wrong... GROSS- This is a HUGE family event that brings the community together... Something SB only does with Political Rallies...

Minibeast Jan 04, 2022 05:14 PM
Annual Solvang Christmas Tree Burn Scheduled for Friday

People still don't get it re: PM2.5, PAHs, benzene (toxic chemical that contributes to that "cozy" wood smoke smell). Damage to air quality + great damage to heart, lungs, brain. Better to compost the trees, use as mulch.

Chip of SB Jan 04, 2022 05:04 PM
Annual Solvang Christmas Tree Burn Scheduled for Friday

Actually, the tradition was started to help prevent incidents of chimney fires from occurring as a result of people burning their Christmas trees in their fireplaces. If you consider how many chimney fires this annual event has prevented over the years, it has arguably spread our air from a great deal of smoke.

ConservativeSB Jan 04, 2022 04:29 PM
Annual Solvang Christmas Tree Burn Scheduled for Friday

1. There’s a vaccine
2. It’s outside
3. Hospital numbers are not filling at an increasing rate in SB County. We are no where near the Covid related hospitalizations we had in Jan 2021.
4. There is no perfect track record. Governments cannot control viruses. Whether you’re Florida or CA or NY, the virus will show up.

a-1641341897 Jan 04, 2022 04:18 PM
Annual Solvang Christmas Tree Burn Scheduled for Friday

"which did not host a Tree Burn in January 2021 due to COVID concerns"... Earth to Solvang, COVID cases are peaking higher ever before. Hospitals are starting to fill at increasing rates. Can't say I am surprised, given Solvang's track record throughout the pandemic.

fitz Jan 05, 2022 04:13 PM
Annual Solvang Christmas Tree Burn Scheduled for Friday

What is up with Solvang and the whole SYV? They don't like black coaches. They do like big fires. They screamed very loudly during redistricting....we have nothing in common with IV (read "educated progressive thinkers' ). The whole county was held hostage by the ranchette owners/oil industry during the redistricting process and now we will have a county at the mercy of Andy Caldwell and his troglodyte minions. No, it is not a good idea to keep this tradition of a huge bonfire. This is not 1950s Texas.

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