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Old 10-17-2013, 08:26 PM
 
Location: Silicon Valley
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This is the second time in a week that I've driven from Santa Clara to Redding. The stretch along 505 from Vacaville to I-5 is undergoing a lot of plowing or disking, as well as controlled burning. There were huge clouds of soil around tractors doing their thing, and then also around the controlled burning. I about gag when I drive through that area. I don't have air conditioning in my car, so have to open the windows or run the fan.

I'm guessing it's the rice fields undergoing this stuff right now.

I can't imagine what it's like for people living up there right now, especially anyone with asthma. Anybody have personal experience with this?

I was so glad I could keep driving out of that area.
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Old 10-18-2013, 12:00 PM
 
Location: Oroville, California
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Its the Sacramento Valley's yearly Autumn gift from rice farmers. There's a low grade smokiness to the air in Oroville during much of October and early November. Seems we just get rid of the forest fire potential for smoke and then the farmers light up their fields. What pisses me off is there are alternatives to ridding their fields of stubble - burning is just the cheapest. CARB was supposed to have forced them into these less polluting methods by the late 90s but the Ag lobby in Sacramento always seem to get it pushed back.
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Old 10-18-2013, 02:03 PM
 
Location: SoCal
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Burning is not simply ridding the fields of stubble. If you don't burn it off, you invite diseases. I don't know if there's an adequate substitute for that.

My sister, who has considerable asthma, lives in Woodland. She has not mentioned being particularly bothered by the burning-off.
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Old 10-18-2013, 10:34 PM
 
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I have asthma and driving through that corridor into polluted Central Valley air (smoke or not) is very unpleasant. The thing is that the smoke is just an icing on the cake, as there're pesticides all over and the corridor is a channel for emissions from oil refineries moving East--predominant winds blowing from the West are pushing refinery/industrial air towards Sacramento.
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Old 10-19-2013, 09:46 AM
 
Location: Silicon Valley
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I used to live in Davis, but moved away in 2000. I remember hearing that the burning was supposed to be curtailed. So it didn't happen. Well, I understand that it works better than other methods, so I understand the growers wanting to burn. But, man, I don't have asthma, but I was gagging driving through that area. I think the soil in the air from the plowing was almost worse than the smoke.

I was glad it didn't follow me all the way to Redding, so I won't be living with it when I move next month.
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Old 10-19-2013, 11:38 PM
 
Location: CA
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Not to mention the forest fires (oh, I mean infernos) that burn for weeks on end. But they are contained/controlled - LOL
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Old 10-20-2013, 02:54 PM
 
Location: Silicon Valley
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Not to mention the forest fires (oh, I mean infernos) that burn for weeks on end. But they are contained/controlled - LOL
Yeah, in Redding, I'll probably be smelling forest fires once in a while.
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