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Thursday, July 14, 2011

Placer County: Prescribed burn below Foresthill Bridge rescheduled

Weather and human resources permitting, the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection will conduct a prescribed burn under the Foresthill Bridge in Placer County on Friday.

Why: The primary purpose is to reduce hazardous fuel below the Foresthill Bridge, allowing Placer County to safely perform seismic retrofit activities on the bridge, according to a Cal Fire news release. The controlled fire, designed to reduce vegetation that could fuel wildfires, has been postponed twice in recent weeks, first due to unfavorable weather and then because a wildland fire tied up firefighters and equipment needed for the project.

When: Burn is scheduled to start at 10 a.m. and continue into the evening hours.

Where: The prescribed burn is to be conducted on 55 acres under the bridge along the middle fork of the American River, approximately one mile northeast of Auburn. It will involve fires on the east and west sides of the river. Smoke will be visible from Interstate 80, Highway 49, Auburn, Foresthill and surrounding communities.

Who: CAL FIRE fire engines, hand crews, bulldozers and a helicopter will be used keep the fire within existing containment lines. Cal Fire personnel also will continue to check the area for several days after the prescribed burn.

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