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CRD To Touch Off On Prescribed Burn This Week

CRD To Touch Off On Prescribed Burn This Week

Calaveras Ranger District officials plan to touch off a prescribed burn this week, with smoke possibly visible in both Amador and Calaveras counties. The Stanislaus National Forest’s prescribed Moore-Bellfour Underburn, could involve 300 to 800 acres, and is set for an area located along Cabbage Patch Road, south of Salt Springs Reservoir, between Highway 88 and Highway 4. Officials say fire managers are working closely with local air districts and the California Air Resources Board to mitigate the effects of smoke on the public. The underburn may begin as early as Thursday and will continue in blocks through fall as long as conditions such as weather, fuel moisture, and air quality allow. Forest officials explain that prescribed low-intensity fires, such as this one, enhance wildlife habitat, protect and maintain water quality and soil productivity and improve forest ecosystem health by reducing the buildup of flammable forest fuels, reducing the threat of large and damaging wildland fires, and improving firefighting capabilities.                                                                                                                  

Written by KVGC Staff


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