May 1st = End of Backyard Burn Season
The annual backyard burn season for burning natural vegetation will be officially ending as of April 30, 2014 in Santa Cruz County. Backyard burns can only be conducted on permissive burn days during the annual burn season. Residents who plan to conduct backyard burns within the Aptos/La Selva Fire Protection District must attain a backyard burn permit prior to burning. Permits are issued at our administrative office at 6934 Soquel Drive.
Agricultural burns can be conducted year-round on permissive burn days, with permission/permit issued by the Fire Marshal. Barbecues and in-home fireplaces and wood stoves are not affected by the backyard burn season. Remember – burning garbage or treated wood is strictly prohibited at all times.
Cleaner Alternatives to Burning: Open burning releases a substantial amount of air pollution including carbon monoxide, nitrogen oxides, particulate matter, and hydrocarbons. The Air District encourages everyone to dispose of their natural vegetation by less polluting methods whenever feasible. These include chipping, composting, use of grazing animals like goats, and hauling wood waste to landfills where it can be mulched. Convenient weekly yard waste pickup is available in most areas.
Ocean Safety Tips
As the weather warms and spring break begins, many kids (and adults) will be heading for the beach in the coming months. Now is the time to brush up on Ocean Safety with your family. Important tips such as swimming with a partner, wearing flotation devices and not swimming against the current could help save a life! For more helpful tips, visit our Ocean Safety page. More information on swimming, boating and surfing safety can be found at the CA State Parks page, as well.
Defensible Space Clearance
With fire season approaching, it’s time to begin thinking about creating “Defensible Space” around your home. Defensible space is an area adjacent to your home where the vegetation has been modified to reduce the wildfire threat and to provide an area where firefighters can effectively defend your property. For more information on creating your defensible space, please see the publication "Living With Fire" at the link provided, or click the photo to the right of this article.