Thursday, November 29, 2007

CA-SCU- LeDeit - San Jose - Prescribed burn - 400 acres

Satellite Map of Ledeit Fire perimeter
Credit
: Cal Fire News / Geo Mac

Cal Fire is preparing to continue igniting a controlled burn in the hills above Morgan Hill / San Jose near Lick Observatory - Called the Ledeit Fire (Pronounced Lee Day) The Cal Fire teams are currently setting up radios and performing other preparations prior to the firing operation.
Cal Fire hopes to eventually burn 700 to 1000 acres,
Expect a large header this afternoon around 3:00 to 4:00 with operations slowing down later in the evening.
VMP - Ledeit
Location: Mount Hamilton South of Lick Observatory - NW of Lick Fire in Henry Coe State Park Area earlier this year
Current size: Approximately 400 acres
Prescribed size: 1000 acres

What is the CDF Vegetation Management Program (VMP)? The VMP was created in 1981 as a cost-sharing program between private landowners and CDF to reduce fire-prone vegetation. Through prescribed burns, as well as mechanical means of modifying vegetation, VMP projects strive to reduce the risk of large damaging wildfires and improve the growing conditions of native plant and wildlife species. A prescribed burn site can also act as a fire break, stopping a wildfire in its tracks; and firefighters use these previously burned areas as safe places to take a stand against a fire
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