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Prescribed Fire Field Day

January 11 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm

Prescribed Fire Field Day flyer

Due to recent unprecedented and catastrophic wildfires across the state, prescribed fire is re-emerging as an important tool to manage vegetation in California. In Santa Barbara County, we have a long history of private landowners using prescribed fire: burns were largely led by ranchers to improve forage for their livestock, but the burns also had the benefit of assisting Santa Barbara County Fire with fuels management, which prevented wildfire spread from the wildland areas into urban and suburban areas. In November 2018, after fifteen years without a private, rancher-led burn, the Santa Barbara County Range Improvement Association—a rancher-run organization—completed a roughly 400-acre burn on a ranch outside of Orcutt.

On January 11th we plan to hold a “Prescribed Fire Field Day.” The purpose of the day will be to bring elected officials, agency representatives, regulators, and ranchers together to discuss:
1) the history and future of prescribed fire in CA;
2) the opportunities for conducting private burns on private land;
3) the history of anthropogenic fire on the central coast
4) the execution of the burn itself;
5) the regulatory and political environment for burning; and
6) how to re-instill a culture of prescribed fire in the region.
The field day will take place at the burn site itself, for participants to see first-hand what a controlled burn looks like.

Please visit https://ucanr.edu/survey/survey.cfm?surveynumber=26225 to complete your online registration.
For more information contact Matthew Shapero at (805) 645-1475 or mwkshapero@ucanr.edu.
It is the policy of the University of California (UC) and the UC Division of Agriculture & Natural Resources not to engage in discrimination against or
harassment of any person in any of its programs or activities (Complete nondiscrimination policy statement can be found at http://ucanr.edu/sites/
anrstaff/files/215244.pdf ). Inquiries regarding ANR’s nondiscrimination policies may be directed to John I. Sims, Affirmative Action Compliance


January 11
10:00 am - 2:00 pm
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UC Cooperative Extension Ventura & Santa Barbara Counties