Smoke Related to Permissive Burn Day

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Update by Santa Barbara County Fire Department

Today, Jan 7, is a permissive burn day in all four zones of Santa Barbara County.  SBC has received multiple calls this morning regarding the smoke from one of the burns that is visible in the Goleta Valley.

Click here to see a map of active burn permits.


By an edhat reader

I could see that there was a fire in Goleta area from my drive over 154 this morning but can't find any news about it.  Any information?

Also smoke seen in Carpinteria.

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Luvaduck Jan 08, 2020 12:57 PM
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My patio is covered with soot and I cannot open my windows during cool nights most of the winter b/c those around me like to look at "real" fires, most of which don't really heat their homes. I don't know what the actual percentages are, but unless they have fireplace inserts, most of the heat goes up the chimney.

PitMix Jan 08, 2020 02:34 PM
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Bob Vila says you are burning money if you don't have a wood stove or fireplace insert. "A fire in an open hearth is only 10 percent efficient at best, which means that 90 percent of the heat energy you’ve paid for goes up in smoke. Heated room air is drafted up the chimney as well, so your main heating system actually works harder to keep the house warm. "

a-1578518165 Jan 08, 2020 01:16 PM
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SACJON. When our neighbors used their fireplace, we couldn't be outside in our front or back yards or even sit on our front porch. We couldn't hang our laundry, because then it would smell like smoke. Many times, we put out laundry and then the neighbors would start burning and so we would have to rewash and rehang our laundry the next day. We couldn't sleep at night because of the smoke. We had to leave our house many times and just wait it out. Our living room furniture and drapes smelled of wood smoke from our neighbors' fireplace. Our window sills and screens were thick with soot. Air filters typically only screen particles down to 3 microns in size. Wood smoke is 2.5 microns. If LUVADUCK states that his/her patio is covered in soot from neighbors burning, then believe it.

sacjon Jan 08, 2020 01:00 PM
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LUVADUCK - your patio is seriously "covered with soot" from your neighbors' fireplaces? That's nuts if true. Maybe show them in person what damage their fireplaces are causing. I've never heard of residential fireplaces causing such blatant property damage.....well, except maybe in the crowded burbs of London in the early 1900s.

Shame Jan 08, 2020 08:53 AM
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Does anyone else ever wonder why people don’t complain when their neighbors fireplaces fill our homes with smoke. How many of us have to shut out homes up tight when neighbors start fireplaces. People burn chemically treated wood and many harmful woods trash and who knows what else.

SBZZ Jan 08, 2020 08:26 AM
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There should be permissible burn days for Ag, etc., but only on days when the atmosphere has the potential to adequately ventilate the smoke and to not transport it to populated areas. I did not see this but the photos of Goleta appear to show that the AM drainage winds were still flowing down the mountains when the burn started - bad timing. Amazing the APCD did not adjust the burn time to start later in the AM.

sbbeachguy Jan 08, 2020 07:22 AM
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I do not understand why the materials are not chipped into mulch instead. Then the mulch can be used on the trees, etc. to retain water.

dannyc Jan 08, 2020 10:15 AM
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There are plenty of reasons why most materials are not chipped but biggest one is cost. It costs money to run a chipper and a crew then more cost to move and spread that mulch. In addition, some woods do not play well with chippers or may be too large to run thru a chipper. The solution: burn it.

pstarSR Jan 08, 2020 07:50 AM
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AG Aka farms. dont use mulch for growing crops. there are a dozen reasons why this is done. and they all have merit. and there are a dozen reason why to not

CoastWatch Jan 07, 2020 06:34 PM
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All these people complaining about Ag burns, are no doubt (Pitmix) the same people who have no issues inhaling pot and the tar that is in the smoke into there special lungs....

a-1578518371 Jan 08, 2020 01:19 PM
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You should be "sorry." Educate yourself about wood smoke and how PM2.5 embeds itself in your lungs, bloodstream, heart. It's not only the asthmatics who suffer. Wood smoke is unhealthy for us all, including our pets and local wildlife.

pstarSR Jan 08, 2020 07:51 AM
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yeah cause that has everything to do with this post.... come on now. if you dont like pot go be angry elsewhere, this is nothing to do with that

Chip of SB Jan 07, 2020 02:46 PM
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The ranches in the foothills that are conducting these burns are a critical buffer between the hazard of the forest land in the mountains and our communities. These burns help maintain that critical buffer and will ultimately help protect your home during the next wildfire.

a-1578457579 Jan 07, 2020 08:26 PM
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CHIP OF SB. Such a load of horse puckey. There's no way to justify subjecting every living thing for miles and miles around to this type of pollution. And, in case you weren't aware, just because you can't smell it doesn't mean you aren't breathing it in.

sacjon Jan 07, 2020 02:49 PM
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Right. Save the complaining for the out of control wildfires that permitted fires like these are attempting to prevent. A little smoke now is way better than a lot of smoke (and loss of property, homes, lives) this summer.

PitMix Jan 07, 2020 01:28 PM
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You know that big ag gets whatever they want. They want to burn, they're going to burn. They want to use toxic pesticides and herbicides, spray baby spray. Free water from the State Water Project. And when you try to apply reasonable restrictions on their activities, they play the oppressed small farmer card, even though many of them are major corporations. Not Ma and Pa Kettle.

a-1578507181 Jan 08, 2020 10:13 AM
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Row crop farmers don't have to burn because it is tilled back into the ground. Tree's unfortunately cannot do that because, you know, wood is hard. And there are 'organic' tree orchards which do burn. The burned wood turns to ash and charcoal which then improves the soil structure.

PitMix Jan 08, 2020 08:37 AM
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Personally most of what I ate today came from the farmer's market, so small local organic growers. How many of them are burning stuff today? Not very many, I would guess.

a-1578433463 Jan 07, 2020 01:44 PM
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This has nothing to do with this topic but since we're on it...what did you have to eat today? And where do you think it came from?

a-1578427483 Jan 07, 2020 12:04 PM
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Yesterday was one of the clearest, most beautiful days here. Now this. I don’t get it. Why allow this type of air pollution?

Jet Jan 07, 2020 11:49 AM
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I don't normally get headaches from smoke, but smells like they are burning more than just brush/wood imo. I sure hope the are not burning trash/plastic/poison oak.... There should be a mandatory inspection of the burn materials prior to the burn.

hz Jan 07, 2020 10:53 AM
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looks like a beautiful day ...stepped outside..geg...SMOKE! Be aware if anyone has lung / heart problems..there is a lot os smoke in the air...

a-1578423229 Jan 07, 2020 10:53 AM
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They announce when they are doing DUI checkpoints so why can't they announce when they are doing controlled burns when we live in an area where people are overly anxious about seeing smoke/fires?

a-1578433370 Jan 07, 2020 01:42 PM
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You call the burn status number any day of the week and it will tell you if it is a permissive burn day: (805) 686-8177

Roger Jan 07, 2020 10:06 AM
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There is also a Controlled Burn in Carpinteria near Cravens Lane numerous people calling in afraid there may be a fire...Fire Department says THERE IS NO FIRE AND THE CONTROLLED BURN IS GOING WELL...

PitMix Jan 07, 2020 09:51 AM
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I'm guessing Christmas tree burns for all of the locals that couldn't get to the Solvang conflagration? And I would be wrong.

a-1578416258 Jan 07, 2020 08:57 AM
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Not sure if this is related but there were tons of fire truck sirens near Mission street around 7am.

a-1578415757 Jan 07, 2020 08:49 AM
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Controlled burn perhaps on private property (orchard, brush pile, etc.)? Where in Goleta could you see smoke? While a photo of snow on charred manzanita is great, maybe we can get some information from the PIO's at the Fire Dept. It is their duty to provide information after all...

giftedinSB Jan 07, 2020 09:37 AM
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You can see it as you're driving north on 101. I thought it was a fire as well until I read the comments.

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