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WHAT: Vandenberg Space Force Base (VSFB) Fire Department will be conducting a prescribed burn of
approximately 5-10 acres of grassland and coastal sage scrub.
WHEN: June 15-16. Additional series of burns may occur through June 30. These burns will occur over
multiple 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: This prescribed burn will occur at North Base VSFB near the intersection of Watt Road and 13th
Street.
WHY: The goal of these fires is to train newly assigned firefighters, and dozer operators in combating
wildland fires. Prescribed, or planned, fires typically burn less intensely than wildfires. Numerous small
ignitions of a half-acre to multiple acres will occur on the given approved burn day. These fires will then
be suppressed by on scene firefighters and equipment. Prescribed burns can help prevent the spread of
wildfires and can reduce impacts to watersheds that can result in soil loss and sedimentation.
WHO: This burn project is planned by the VSFB Fire Department in conjunction with Santa Barbara
County APCD, and the California Air Resources Board to minimize impacts on air quality on surrounding
communities. Santa Barbara County APCD staff have reviewed the Smoke Management Plan and
provided conditions to minimize smoke impacts in Santa Barbara County.
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 burning will be rescheduled.

To view a statewide prescribed burn map and other features, visit the Prescribed Fire Information
Reporting System (PFIRS) website: ssl.arb.ca.gov/pfirs/firm/firm.php

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