Author: Lyz Hoffman

Voluntary Electric Landscape Equipment Program Launching November 16

Santa Barbara County Air Pollution Control District (APCD) is excited to announce the second year of the Landscape Equipment Electrification Fund (LEEF) program. Total funding of $100,000 is available for vouchers covering up to 60 percent of the cost for eligible equipment, up to $7,000 per organization. The program is available to commercial landscape businesses and nonprofit organizations — as well as public agencies and public and private schools and universities that perform their own landscape maintenance.

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Spaulding/Midland Prescribed Burn to Occur Monday

WHAT: State-approved Vegetation Management Program burn of approximately 500 acres of chaparral, sage scrub, and Oak Woodland with grass understory.
WHEN: December 7-10, depending on conditions. This burn will occur over 3-4 days. Burning operations may or may not occur on consecutive days, depending on conditions. If burning does not occur on consecutive days, an additional day-before media advisory will be distributed. Burning operations will occur on permissive burn days.
WHERE: Spaulding/Midland area, approximately 3 miles north of Los Olivos.

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Notice of Public Review and Comment Opportunity

Notice of Public Review and Comment Opportunity En Español Re: Contaminated Soil Cleanup Project at 4151 Foothill Road in Santa Barbara Cardno, Inc. has applied to the Santa Barbara County Air Pollution Control District (District) for a permit to operate a Dual Phase Extraction (DPE) system with thermal oxidizer controls

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Monighetti Range Improvement Burn to Occur Tomorrow

WHAT: Range Improvement Burn of approximately 220 acres of sage scrub and Oak woodland with grass understory.
WHEN: November 3, depending on conditions. Burning operations will occur on a permissive burn day.
WHERE: Monighetti Ranch, 5.5 miles northeast of Lompoc, 5.5 miles west of Los Alamos, 9 miles south of Orcutt.

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Information on Three Prescribed Burns Planned Through December

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE October 29, 2020 En Español Contacts: Lyz Hoffman, Public Information Officer, Santa Barbara County APCD, (805) 961-8819 Mike Eliason, Public Information Officer, Santa Barbara County Fire, (805) 896-5134 Information on Three Prescribed Burns Planned through December SANTA BARBARA COUNTY, Calif. — The Santa Barbara County Fire Department

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Sedgwick Reserve Research Burn Scheduled for This Week

SANTA BARBARA COUNTY, Calif. — The Santa Barbara County Fire Department will be conducting a research burn on the Sedgwick Reserve in the Santa Ynez Valley, just east of and adjacent to Figueroa Creek. The goal of this burn is to study the effects of fire behavior on varying rangeland vegetation types and vegetative loads. Approximately three acres of grass of varying height will be burned.

Santa Barbara County Air Pollution Control District (APCD) staff have reviewed the Smoke Management Plan 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.

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Air Quality Alert for Santa Barbara County

SANTA BARBARA COUNTY, Calif. — The Santa Barbara County Public Health Department and the Santa Barbara County Air Pollution Control District issued an Air Quality Alert for Santa Barbara County to be in effect until conditions improve. Wildfires throughout California are producing significant smoke. This is a dynamic situation, and local air quality conditions can deteriorate quickly. Stay alert to local conditions by visiting www.ourair.org/todays-air-quality or fire.airnow.gov.

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Notice of Public Review and Request for Comments

The Santa Barbara County Air Pollution Control District (District) has prepared an annual air monitoring network plan for the county. The plan includes a statement of the purpose for each air monitor, and evidence that the siting and operation of each monitor meets the requirements of the federal regulations.

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Range Improvement Burn in Los Olivos Scheduled for June

SANTA BARBARA COUNTY, Calif. — The Santa Barbara County Fire Department has tentatively scheduled a range improvement burn at 4155 Figueroa Mountain Rd in Los Olivos with a burn window of June 10-11. The goal of this two-day burn is to provide live fire training for the certification of instructors to teach CA-219 Firing Operations class. This class is used to teach both firefighters and private land managers to use fire as a tool to both fight large-scale wildfires and manage prescribed fire being used as a land management tool. 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.

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