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WHAT: Prescribed pile burn project of approximately 7 acres of combined brush. WHEN: March 9-10, depending on conditions. 

WHERE: Painted Cave Road, off Highway 154, in the southern portion of Santa Barbara County. 

WHY: 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. 

A portable air monitor will be set up nearby to monitor air quality conditions. 

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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