The South Coast has now received sufficient rainfall which has increased fuel moisture levels to a point where burn restrictions can be lifted. The Fire District will be allowing burn permits to be issued starting Wednesday, January 20, 2016. Burn days are determined by the time of year and the weather. Burning during the winter months when the fuel moisture levels are high and temperatures are low is preferred. Also, the ability of the smoke to mix with the atmosphere is critical. A high pressure, stable condition is not recommended for burning due to the inability of the smoke to easily dissipate. Predicted high winds can also suspend burning. Burning is never allowed on Sundays or holidays. The Montecito Fire Protection District and Air Pollution Control District work together to determine appropriate days for permit burning.
Each day, the Fire District will determine whether permit burning is allowed. The public can ascertain whether it is a permissive burn day by calling (805) 969-7762.
Although the fire danger has decreased considerably, it is still possible to have wildfires during the winter months in Southern California. Residents are encouraged to continue to reduce flammable vegetation around their structures, property and roads. For more information regarding fire prevention, go to www.montecitofire.com.