September 19, 2019

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Lyz Hoffman, Public Information Officer, Santa Barbara County APCD, (805) 961-8819
Anthony Clayburg, Battalion Chief, Santa Maria Fire Department, (805) 925-0951 x2547
Daniel Bertucelli, Public Information Officer, Santa Barbara County Fire, (805) 896-6336


Prescribed Burn at Santa Maria Airport
Burn to Occur Between September 26 and October 5

SANTA MARIA, Calif. — The Santa Maria City Fire Department, in coordination with the Santa Barbara County Fire Department, will conduct a one-day prescribed burn at the Santa Maria Airport during the burn window of September 26 – October 5. This is a prescribed burn to mitigate hazards associated with pyrotechnics at the Central Coast Airfest.

This prescribed burn will occur at the Santa Maria Airport. Approximately 47 acres of grass will be burned over a one-day period. The burn will begin at 9 a.m. and conclude at 6 p.m. on a permissive burn day.

Once the optimal burn day has been selected within the burn window, additional public notification will be provided the day before the burn begins.

Santa Barbara County Air Pollution Control District (APCD) staff have reviewed the Smoke Management Plans for this burn 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.

These prescribed burns are planned and coordinated by Santa Barbara County APCD, San Luis Obispo County APCD, San Joaquin Valley APCD, Ventura County APCD, and California Air Resources Board to minimize air quality impacts on surrounding communities. The burns depend on weather and air quality conditions that are favorable to smoke dispersion. If the conditions are not as desired, the burns 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 burns. 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.


For more information regarding the county’s air quality, visit Today’s Air Quality

To view prescribed burns throughout the state, visit the Prescribed Fire Information Reporting System (PFIRS) website: