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Are there other words used to describe prescribed burns?
Yes, prescribed burns are also sometimes referred to as Rx fires, prescribed fires, controlled burns, hazard reduction burns, vegetation management burns, or planned burns.
Will Santa Rosa conduct prescribed burns alone?
Not typically. The City of Santa Rosa is surrounded by State Responsibility Areas where CAL FIRE has jurisdiction. Our Department regularly responds to vegetation fires in and Santa Rosa which CAL FIRE, Kenwood Fire Protection District, Sebastopol Fire Department and the Sonoma County Fire District. Based on these working relationships, any of these agencies may be asked to be involved with one of our burns. At a minimum, we plan to have CAL FIRE present with us.
What happens if we don’t have prescribed burns?
There is risk assumed when excluding fire from fire-adapted ecosystems. There is risk, as well, when using fire to obtain ecological and other management objectives. Close evaluation of daily and seasonal weather and fuel conditions, public health, and social and economic considerations—and other important factors—influencing fire behavior and fire effects are integral in determining appropriate place, time, and circumstances to use fire to accrue beneficial fire effects.
Will I be notified before a prescribed burn occurs in my community?
The City of Santa Rosa will utilize various communications tools and strategies to notify our community. This will include social media, Nextdoor, door to door notification to locations in the immediate area, and a CivicReady text and community message. Generally, there is also a news release to inform the local media who will help spread the message. Roadside signs may also been placed on the property.
What about goat and sheep grazing for vegetation management?
Grazing is used in numerous locations across Santa Rosa’s Wildland Urban Interface. Grazing helps reduce the fuel load of vegetation. Prescribed burns consume hazardous fuels that also can included the growth of invasive non-native weed and plant species. It also helps promote and restore healthy native growth that is easier to manage and significantly reduces wildfire risk.