Sedgwick Reserve Research Burn Scheduled Wednesday

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Update by the Air Pollution Control District
October 21, 2020

WHAT: Research burn of 3 acres of grasses.

WHEN: October 21, depending on conditions. Burning operations will occur on a permissive burn day. 

WHERE: Sedgwick Reserve, Santa Ynez Valley, just east of and adjacent to Figueroa Creek.

WHY: This one-day burn will study the effects of fire behavior on varying rangeland vegetation types and vegetative loads. 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. The burn will be conducted when the meteorological conditions are highly favorable to direct smoke away from population centers. 

WHO: This prescribed burn is planned and coordinated by the Santa Barbara County Fire Department with 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. 

HEALTH PRECAUTIONS: 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. Use caution when driving near prescribed burns. 

This burn depends on weather and air quality conditions that are favorable for smoke dispersal. If the conditions are not as desired, the burn will be rescheduled.


Source: Air Pollution Control District
October 14, 2020

The Santa Barbara County Fire Department will be conducting a research burn on the Sedgwick Reserve in the Santa Ynez Valley, just east of and adjacent to Figueroa Creek. The goal of this burn is to study the effects of fire behavior on varying rangeland vegetation types and vegetative loads. Approximately three acres of grass of varying height will be burned.

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 burn is being planned and coordinated by Santa Barbara County Fire Department, 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. 

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SBZZ Oct 15, 2020 09:13 AM
Sedgwick Reserve Research Burn Scheduled Wednesday

Is there anyone awake at Ed? Nowhere in the article does it say the fire will be this week. Please change the title of this article to RESEARCH BURN PLANNED FOR SEDGWICK RESERVE. The forest is closed but yeah we are going to have a controlled burn this week - Fools!

Edhat Staff Oct 15, 2020 09:23 AM
Sedgwick Reserve Research Burn Scheduled Wednesday

Hi SBZZ, we're very much awake with lots of coffee. This is a direct press release from the APCD. You can view it here where their headlines reads, "Sedgwick Reserve Research Burn Scheduled for This Week."

https://www.ourair.org/101220-news/

Have a great morning.
-ed staff

PitMix Oct 16, 2020 08:32 AM
Sedgwick Reserve Research Burn Scheduled Wednesday

Government agencies are not subject to the rules the rest of us have to follow. Do not have to get permits for building projects. Do not need smog inspections or registration stickers. Do not pay property taxes. Really the true cost of their operation is hidden by giving them all of these subsidies.

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