CAMARILLO, Calif. – The Ventura County Fire Department, in cooperation with Ventura County Air Pollution Control District (APCD) and the California Department of Forestry (CAL FIRE) is proceeding with a vegetation management, controlled burn plan. The plan is designed to increase protection against wildfires in Aliso Canyon on the Sloan Ranch by removing dangerous vegetation.
The APCD has approved the 60-acre burn scheduled for Wednesday, December 6, 2017, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Weather is expected to be favorable; however, the burn is subject to cancellation based on updated conditions.
The location of the Sloan Ranch burn is north of Foothill Road on Aliso Canyon Road between the cities of Ventura and Santa Paula.
This is the first of several controlled burns to occur in the next 12 to 24 months for a total of 600 acres. The project area has been broken up into smaller sections to reduce smoke in the area.
This burn will involve the ignition of standing brush and training for the firefighters on hand-firing and aerial ignition. Control lines have already been established. Residents may notice smoke and helicopter traffic. Firefighters will be present during all burns and every effort will be made to reduce the effect on nearby residents.
The Ventura County Fire Department hopes the neighbors living nearby will understand that this type of preventive effort can help save lives and property during a wildfire and that they will consider any inconvenience to be an investment in their safety and the safety of their community.
SUN News Editor-in-Chief, and President/CEO of Safety Unlimited Inc., our parent company, and retired VCFD Captain said: “Controlled burns are a key part of vegetation management and a great deal of planning goes into these events. Obviously, officials try to shoot for times where we have favorable weather so these areas do not burn when we have hot, dry weather with high winds. Ventura County Fire Department has one of the best vegetation management programs in the Country, and the public should have the utmost confidence in their preparation and decision-making processes.”