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Wednesday, July 13, 2011

CAL FIRE: Controlled Burn - Joseph D. Grant County Park / Santa Clara County

Cal Fire plans controlled burn Wednesday morning east of San Jose

What: The California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection is planning to burn about 600 acres of Joseph D. Grant County Park in south Santa Clara County on Wednesday.

Where: The burn project is located on Mount Hamilton Road, about 10 miles east of San Jose, and will produce a column of smoke visible to most of San Jose and the south Santa Clara County, according to Cal Fire officials.

Why: Cal Fire crews want to remove brush and non-native grasses and noxious weeds in an attempt to bring back some of the native species of grasses, according to Cal Fire Battalion Chief Jim Crawford.
Cal Fire and State Parks have used prescribed burns for years to enhance the watershed, improve wildlife habitat and protect against wildfire.

When: The burn is dependent on favorable weather conditions and approval from the Bay Area Air Quality Management District. The burns typically begin mid-morning.

Who: Cal Fire will be working with the professors and graduate students with the San Jose State University meteorology department, who are doing studies related to wildfires and firefighter safety, Crawford said.

More information: call 408-779-0930 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m.

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