Valley Air District to participate in program to support prescribed burns, reduce wildfire risk

The San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District’s governing board has entered into an agreement to participate in the new statewide Prescribed Burn Reporting and Monitoring Support Program. This latest action builds on the Valley Air District’s continuing efforts to facilitate the increased use of prescribed fire by land management agencies to remove excess fuels in the forested areas of its jurisdiction to reduce the number and severity of wildfires and the associated air quality impacts.
Consistent with the Governor’s directives and new legislative mandates, the California Air Resources Board’s (CARB) developed the new Prescribed Burn Reporting and Monitoring Support Program. Under the program, CARB will be working with local air districts to facilitate the increase in prescribed burns called for to meet statewide goals, enhance air quality and smoke monitoring, and provide public outreach regarding the benefits of prescribed burns.
With the surrounding Sierra Nevada still experiencing the consequences of California’s tree mortality epidemic, the wildfire threat is still relevant as the region has experienced a number of the largest wildfires in state history in recent years. Participation in this program will aid in the District’s ability to facilitate, monitor, and report to the public the progress made in reducing the public health impacts associated with the enormous emissions from wildfires.
For more information on the Valley Air District’s activities, read its 2018-2019 Report to the Community, an easy-to-follow and concise account of the District’s progress, the challenges that remain, and upcoming efforts to achieve cleaner air in the San Joaquin Valley. 

One thought on “Valley Air District to participate in program to support prescribed burns, reduce wildfire risk

  • August 22, 2019 at 3:19 pm

    Thanks for reporting!
    This is so vital to a new ecological stewardship of Central C.A., with a potential to restore vastly degraded rangelands, grasslands, and forests. We need carbon sequestration fast, better hydrological cycling for our soils, and mitigation for catastrophic fire—which is an enormous health and safety concern for tens of millions of people in disadvantaged communities over the coming decade. Prescribed burning opens limitless potential for community-sized grants from the USDA and Healthy Soils Programs for large scale restoration projects, which would further protect our watershed and resources. These fields offer meaningful jobs that instill community and sense of place. Because it all starts with fire, I hope these projects succeed in gaining public support.


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