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Friday, July 22, 2011

Yuba County: CAL FIRE live fire training next week

The California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection announced that it will conduct live fire training next week at the UC Field Station site north of Smartsville in Yuba County.

When: Training will begin Monday and continue through July 29  The burn will start between 8 and 10 a.m. each day, depending on weather conditions, and continue into the afternoon.
Where: University of California Sierra Foothill Research and Extension Center Field Station. The burn site is off Peoria Road, approximately four miles east of Highway 20 and three miles north of Smartsville.
Why: The 180-acre burn will allow firefighter to experience wild land firefighting tactics in a controlled environment. It also will eradicate hazardous vegetation and noxious weeds, including yellow star thistle and Medusa Head, according to a Cal Fire news release.
Who: CAL FIRE Firefighters working in firing teams will work to control the fire intensity and ensure that it progresses in a safe manner, according to the news release. Cal Fire personnel will continue to check the area for several days.
  Smoke will be visible from Highway 20, Browns Valley, Smartsville, Penn Valley, Grass Valley, Nevada City and surrounding communities.

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****REMINDER**** Every fire has the ability to be catastrophic. The wildland fire management environment has profoundly changed. Growing numbers of communities, across the nation, are experiencing longer fire seasons; more frequent, bigger, and more severe, fires are a real threat. Be careful with all campfires and equipment.
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