Sedgwick Reserve Research Burn to Occur Tomorrow

WHAT: Research burn of 2 acres of grasses. 

WHEN: June 23, 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. 

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


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