Pile Burning

Smoke lingers in the air these winter and early spring days, but for now, it is due to proactive fire. All around Napa County, fire is one of the tools being used to reduce wildfire fuels. Dead, dry and excess vegetation is cut and piled, then burned during burn days, taking advantage of the surrounding vegetation being still damp enough to reduce risk of the fire escaping. Napa Firewise primarily uses woodchippers and bush mulchers to dispose of cut material. Pile burning is only used where needed, and is a good tool for work in remote areas and steep terrain where heavy equipment is not practical. Best practices are followed for burning safely and minimizing smoke.