Figueroa Mountain Project and Administrative Sites Pile Burning Starting This Week, Scheduled Through Spring

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Source: Air Pollution Control District

The U.S. Forest Service has scheduled a series of prescribed pile burns at Figueroa Mountain and various administrative sites on forest lands (Campgrounds, Trailheads, and Fire Stations), to occur when conditions allow this winter and into the spring. The goal of the burns is to reduce the risk of wildfire. Prescribed, or planned, fires typically burn less intensely than wildfires. Prescribed burns can help prevent the spread of wildfires and can reduce impacts to watersheds that can result in soil loss and sedimentation.

Between all burn pile sites, approximately 100 acres of slash from felled dead trees and brush will be burned. The burns will begin at 7:30 a.m. and conclude at 5 p.m. on permissive burn days. Santa Barbara County Air Pollution Control District (APCD) staff have reviewed the Smoke Management Plan and provided conditions to minimize smoke impacts in Santa Barbara County. The burn will be conducted when the meteorological conditions are highly favorable to direct smoke away from population centers.

This prescribed burn is planned and coordinated by the Santa Barbara County APCD, San Luis Obispo County APCD, San Joaquin Valley APCD, Ventura County APCD, and the California Air Resources Board in order to minimize impacts on air quality on surrounding communities. The burn is dependent on weather and air quality conditions that are favorable to smoke dispersion. If the conditions are not as desired, the burn will be rescheduled.

Due to changing winds and weather conditions, it is difficult to predict which areas of the county, if any, may be most affected by smoke from the burn. If you smell smoke, take precautions and use common sense to reduce any harmful health effects by limiting outdoor activities. When you can smell smoke or when it is visible in your area, avoid strenuous outdoor activity and remain indoors as much as possible. These precautions are especially important to children, older adults, and those with heart and lung conditions. If you are sensitive to smoke, consider temporarily relocating and closing all doors and windows on the day of the burn. Symptoms of smoke exposure can include coughing, wheezing, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, chest tightness or pain, nausea, and unusual fatigue or lightheadedness. Please use caution while driving near prescribed fire operations.

For more information regarding the county’s air quality, visit

To view a statewide prescribed burn map and other features, visit the Prescribed Fire Information Reporting System (PFIRS) website:

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Sun Jan 10, 2022 05:14 PM
Figueroa Mountain Project and Administrative Sites Pile Burning Starting This Week, Scheduled Through Spring

County/City Legislation, ordinances, must require electric companies to bury their lines... be it PG&E or SCE . Climate Change is not going away. It is not reasonable to have to pay billions for fires from power surges or downed lines due to high winds. Until all electric lines are buried, the dangers for Communities, towns, Cities and Counties declaring a state of emergency from fires started from surges or downed lines will continue and grow.

We can not cut down our forests because the Electric companies refuse to bury their lines. This creates a dry hot environments lacking in water and life. All Cable, gas, telephone, etc are buried. It's past due for the Electric Companies to bury all their lines. Companies who cost billions of dollars in fires/destruction/ loss of life should be shut down and replaced with electric companies who will bury their lines. Climate Change is here and action is needed yesterday.
The current maintenance shut downs are not to bury lines but to replace poles for above
ground electric lines,. They are wasting customers money and creating more fires by not burying their lines!

Sun Jan 10, 2022 11:17 AM
Figueroa Mountain Project and Administrative Sites Pile Burning Starting This Week, Scheduled Through Spring

Removing food that provides nutrients to trees and the ecosystem will create a more dry surface. Spraying roundup, glyphosate kills tree roots systems making them fail. Might we be making things worse?

We need to plant trees, billions of trees around the world to trap CO2 and retain moisture in the ground, so that our rivers, lakes and streams provide water. It's an eco system, all working together and when the food source for the trees and the species is removed, it all starts to fail.
I understand reducing fuel for fires, however in our area fires are started by extreme dry air and high winds that knock down above ground electrical lines ... Most if not all the fires started in our area were man made or above ground electric lines shutdowns, surges or knock down. The lack of buried electric lines is more of an extreme expense to communities, cities, towns and counties.

Christmas trees, over 26.2 million trees were cut down in 2020, 32 million in 2019...instead of cut down a tree for Christmas, plant one native to the area.....

Scientists urge creating strategic forest reserves to mitigate climate change, protect biodiversity
The United States should immediately move to create a collection of strategic forest reserves in the Western U.S. to fight climate change and safeguard biodiversity, according to a scientific collaboration led by an Oregon State University ecologist.

Bev Law, her College of Forestry colleague William Ripple and other scientists from around the West argue that climate change and biodiversity are inextricably linked and that strategic forest reserves would tackle both "emergencies" while also promoting the protection of water resources.

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