The following is a press release from the California Department of Forestry and Cal Fire:
The California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE), Mendocino Unit personnel plan to conduct a prescribed burn planned for Monday, April 12, 2021, through Friday, April 16, 2021, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day, weather and air quality conditions permitting. The burn will take place on privately owned land, approximately 6 miles west of the City of Ukiah, between Robinson Creek Road and Low Gap Road.
The prescribed burning being done under this Vegetation Management Program (VMP) project will be conducted under specific climatic conditions to ensure control and minimize air quality and other impacts. Smoke and aircraft will be visible from in the area.
The burn will be conducted under very tight restrictions for the personal safety of firefighters and area residents. If there are any indications that the burn cannot be conducted in a safe manner, such as high winds or local fire activity, the burn will be canceled. CAL FIRE reminds all residents that their safety is of the utmost concern.
For some reason I didn’t get this memo. I have asthma and have been inside my home with my windows open all day. I smelled a faint fire smoke odor earlier but an hour ago had an asthmatic flare-up and had to use a steroid inhaler and a rescue inhaler. My neighbor is also asthmatic and I heard her windows shutting around the same time. The air in my neighborhood is extremely smoky. With all of the wildfires and post covid patients, this burn is gonna be brutal. Matt, I think it would be beneficial to run another article from an asthmatic point of view. This burn shouldn’t have caught me off guard because you reported it. But it did. And had I not had an ample supply of various treatments, I would have been on my way to the emergency room. Inhalers are very expensive and alot of working class people cannot afford them. Or a trip to the emergency room. Thank you.