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Open Burn Season Ends 5/22/17

The Kern County Fire Department announced hazard reduction open burn season will end May 22, 2017.

 

Agricultural Crop Waste, Hazard Reduction & Noxious Weed Burning

Individuals interested in burning must obtain a Hazardous Reduction Burn Permit from their local fire department and ensure day of scheduled burning is a designated burn day. You must contact your local fire station the day of your planned burn, and receive approval prior to any hazardous reduction burning.

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Useful documents:
EKAPCD Agricultural Crop Waste Burn Policy
EKAPCD Permit for Hazard Reduction Instructions

Eastern Kern Fire Stations

Station Number

Address

Telephone Number

11 Keene

30356 Woodford-Tehachapi Rd. 93561

(661) 822-5555

12 Tehachapi

800 South Curry Street

(661) 822-5533

14 Mojave

1953 Hwy 58 93501

(661) 824-4581

15 Rosamond

3219 35th St. West 93560

(661) 256-2401

16 Bear Valley Springs

28946 Bear Valley Rd. 93561

(661) 821-1110

17 Boron

26965 Cote St.  93516

(760) 762-6167

18 Stallion Springs

CSD-seasonal

(661)833-3980

71 South Lake

9000 Navajo Ave. 93283

(760) 378-3055

72 Lake Isabella

4500 Lake Isabella Blvd.  93240

(760) 379-2626

73 Inyokern

6919 Monache Mt. Ave. 93527

(760) 377-4621

74 Ridgecrest

139 E. Flores 93555

(760) 375-8466

75 Randsburg

26804 Butte Ave.  93554

(760) 374-2455

76 Kernville

11018 Kernville Rd. 93238

(760) 376-2219

77 Ridgecrest Heights

815 Dolphin

(760) 371-2181

78 Piute 16001 Walker Basin Rd. 93518
(661) 867-2311

190 California City

20890 Hacienda Bvld. 93505

(760) 373-4841

 

How Smoke Can Effect Your Health

Smoke is made up of a complex mixture of gases and fine particles produced when wood and other organic matter burns. The biggest health threat from smoke comes from fine particles. These microscopic particles can get into your eyes and respiratory system, where they can cause health problems such as burning eyes, runny nose, and illnesses such as bronchitis. Fine particles also can aggravate chronic heart and lung diseases – and even are linked to premature deaths in people with these conditions.

People with asthma, heart disease, lung disease, older adults, and children are at greater risk of being affected by smoke. If you are healthy, you're usually not at a major risk from smoke but it's still a good idea to avoid breathing smoke if you can help it. It's important to limit your exposure to smoke, especially if you may be susceptible.

How to tell if smoke is affecting you:
Smoke can irritate the eyes and airways, causing coughing, a scratchy throat, irritated sinuses, headaches, stinging eyes or a runny nose. If you have heart or lung disease, smoke might make your symptoms worse. People with heart disease might experience chest pain, palpitations, shortness of breath, or fatigue. People with lung disease may not be able to breathe as deeply or as vigorously as usual, and they may experience symptoms such as coughing, phlegm, chest discomfort, wheezing and shortness of breath. When smoke levels are high enough, even healthy people may experience some of these symptoms.

Protect yourself:
Watch local news and weather stations, pay attention to health warning and air quality reports, you can also use the EPA's Air Quality Index (AQI). Use common sense; if it looks smoky outside, it's probably not a good time to mow the lawn, go for a run, or let children play outside.

If your advised to stay indoors take steps to keep indoor air as clean as possible. Keep windows and doors closed. Run an air conditioner if needed but make the fresh air intake is closed and the filter is clean. Do not use a swamp cooler as it will pull in lots of smoke from outside. If your house becomes to hot to be comfortable seek alternative shelter. If it is cool outside try to avoid anything that produces heat from burning such as a fireplace, gas logs, or a gas stove.

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Asbestos Requirements for Erskine Fire Homes

In accordance with the National Emissions Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants (NESHAPs) 40 CFR 61 Subpart M (Asbestos), all persons engaged in renovation or demolition activities are required to notify the District in writing 10-days prior to starting work.  Generally the notification requires an asbestos survey and a $175 fee.

However, to minimize the impact to those effected by the Erskine Fire, the District (with the support of District Board of Directors) has made a decision to waive the $175 demolition fee.  Additionally, in accordance with the State’s Emergency Declaration, the 10-day wait-period has been waived; therefore, renovations and demolitions can commence once District has been notified.

Please note, these special requirements are in effect for persons affected by the Erskine Fire only (in the Kern River Valley area).  These special requirements shall be in effect until December 31, 2016.

Asbestos renovation and demolition information can be found by clicking here.  Also, care should be taken to minimize fugitive dust emissions.  Please contact District Office at 661-862-5250 if you have any questions.

 

Current fire information is available through links below

InciWeb Incident Information (Click Here)

Cal Fire (Click Here)

American Red Cross Safe and Well (Click Here)

Prescribed Fire Information Reporting System (PFIRS)

Mojave Desert Map

Useful Smoke and Fire Documents

EKAPCD Wood Burning Fact Sheet

EKAPCD Agricultural Burn Policy

EKAPCD HELP Undercut Smoke pamphlet

Burn Wise Wood Stove & Fireplace Safety

Burn Wise Fast Facts

Burn Wise Burn Season Awareness Kit

Burn Wise Social Media

Health Effects From Smoke

Ten Tips for Safer, Cleaner Fireplace Burning

American Lung: California Fires, Tips to Protect Your Lungs

ARB Wood Burning Handbook

List of EPA certified wood burning stoves

 

 

EKAPCD Burning Rules

Rule 416 - Open Burning

Rule 416.1 - Wood Burning Heaters

Rule 417 - Ag & Prescribed Burning

Rule 418 - Incinerator Burning

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