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Wednesday, June 29, 2011

CAL FIRE: Controlled Burn - Santa Rosa Plateau Ecological Reserve

62-Acre Controlled Burn Scheduled Today

Where: Santa Rosa Plateau Ecological Reserve, north of Monument Hill, on the Santa Rosa Plateau Ecological Reserve west of Murrieta.
When: The burn is scheduled between 6:30 a.m. and 3 p.m. Burning operations are expected to conclude by 3 p.m.
Who: Cal Fire, in cooperation with The Nature Conservancy and the California Department of Fish and Game, will be conducting the burn. Cal Fire engines and Conservation Camp Fire Crews will be on the blaze.
Why: In addition to helping the department contain future fires that may start on the reserve, the burn is part of vegetation study sponsored by UCR, the release said.
The burn is part of vegetation study sponsored by University of California Riverside.
“This burn will be an integral part of the information gathering process. In addition, the fuel-modified zone will better enable the fire department to keep fires that might start in the reserve into moving into the surrounding communities,” according to a Cal Fire news release.

Smoke: Residents throughout Southwest Riverside are expected to see smoke coming from a 62-acre controlled burn Wednesday.

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