SANTA BARBARA COUNTY The Santa Barbara County Fire Department will be conducting a pair of prescribed burns, with both targeted burn windows possible this month.
One burn is planned four miles southeast of Los Alamos at 10505 Highway 101 at the the BarM Ranch, which is also known as Barham Ranch. The targeted burn window is from mid-October to early November. Approximately 557 acres of chaparral, oak woodland and sage scrub will be burned in the two-day operation. On each permissive burn day, the burn will begin at 8 a.m. and conclude by 8 p.m. The goal is to conduct the burn on consecutive days as conditions allow.
A second burn is planned at the Righetti Ranch south of Orcutt, between the 101 and State Route 135. The burn window is Oct. 15 through Jan. 1 for the 80-acre burn, which is a follow up to the 300-acre burn that occurred in November 2018. It will complete a 380-acre range improvement project.
The burn will begin at 9 a.m. and conclude at 6 p.m. on a permissive burn day.
No agriculture or residential burning will occur during the prescribed burns and additional public notification will be provided before both burns begin, officials said.
Those who smell smoke during the burns are advised to take precautions and use common sense to reduce any harmful health effects by limiting outdoor activities.