Cal Fire Empire Grade Piles Burn

To: UCSC Community

From: Public Affairs

Cal Fire has announced it will be burning roughly 60 piles on Empire Grade Tuesday, April 16 and Thursday, April 18. The burn will take place in the shaded fuel break between Smith Grade and twin gates. While Cal Fire is not anticipating significant smoke on campus, we want to make sure the campus is aware and can be prepared for whatever conditions arise.

WHAT TO DO: If you are affected by air-quality issues, stay indoors or leave the immediate area. Close windows until the burn has concluded. You can find information on the Air Quality Index (AQI) and local air-monitoring resources online. In addition, Environmental Health & Safety provides information on wildfire smoke and ways to protect yourself.

Campus affiliates with respiratory illness, other medical conditions that may be exacerbated by smoke exposure, and any others that may be concerned about their smoke particulate exposure may pick up filtering masks (N95s) from the following locations:
  • McHenry Library: Circulation Desk
  • Science and Engineering Library: Circulation Desk
  • Bay Tree Bookstore: Help Desk

REDUCE EXPOSURE: If the AQI is in the unhealthy, very unhealthy, or hazardous ranges, limit your outdoor activities and stay inside with the windows and doors closed, or if possible, leave the area. Drink plenty of fluids to keep your airway moist and easier to clear. If you are feeling ill due to poor air quality, seek advice from your medical provider.

For more information, please visit our wildland fire resource pages at:
Emergency Procedure - Building Fire and Wildland Fire
Wildfire Smoke - Employee Protection from Wildfire Smoke
Press Release - Notice of Lower Empire Graded Shaded Fuel Break Pile Burning Operation