SANTA BARBARA COUNTY, Calif. - The ban on permit burning in Santa Barbara County will be lifted as the Santa Barbara County Fire Department transitions from a 'High Fire Season' to a 'Winter Preparedness Level.'
On Monday, the county will lift the ban on permit burning within State Responsibility Areas (SRA) and Local Responsibility Areas (LRA) within the jurisdiction of Santa Barbara County Fire Department.
The permits are issued for burn piles and are not intended for the burning of standing vegetation.
Anyone with a valid burn permit can resume permitted burning in the county.
All burn sites and piles will be inspected by the fire personnel for compliance with the appropriate permit conditions. You must contact the fire department prior to starting any permit burn. All permit holders are responsible to be compliant with all permit rules and guidelines. Property owners and permit holders could be held liable for any escaped burn on their property that requires fire department assistance. Non-compliance could result in a citation and/or full cost recovery.
Burning during the winter months when the fuel moisture levels are high and temperatures are low is preferred. Burning is never allowed on Sundays or holidays. The public can check on acceptable burn days by calling (805) 686-8177.
Fire officials warn that although the fire danger has decreased, it is still possible to have wildfires during the winter months in Southern California. Santa Barbara County residents are encouraged to continue to reduce flammable vegetation around their structures, property and roads.
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