Painted Cave Pile Burn to Occur November 23-25

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WHAT: Prescribed pile burn project of up to 7 acres of brush.  

WHEN: November 23-25, 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: The 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: