Fire Management

Live Fuel Moisture

When you drive by the ‘Risk of Fire Danger’ sign, have you wondered how risk level is determined? Combining the measures of humidity, temperature, and live fuel moisture yield the level of risk. The Santa Barbara Botanic Garden began a collaboration with the University of California Cooperative Extension in 2013 to enlist Garden volunteers to measure Live Fuel Moisture (LFM) in the Santa Barbara Front Country.

In addition to determining the level of fire risk, the Live Fuel Moisture project provides essential information on how the on-going drought and climate change are affecting our native flora.

For more information on participating in the Garden's Live Fuel Moisture project, please contact the Garden's Manager of Volunteer Programs, Kathy Castaneda.

Additional Resources

Garden's onsite weather station and LFM Sampling data

Fire in the Garden