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Friday, September 30, 2011

Atascadero: Cal Fire 25-acre controlled burn today

Cal Fire plans a 25-acre controlled burn
When: Friday, Sept. 30
Where: Planned for the eastern end of Santa Clara Road in southeast Atascadero. 
Who: Three Cal Fire fire engines and one Cal Fire crew will be involved in the burn.
Why: This burn is a training exercise to give fire crews experience fighting wildfires. According to a Cal Fire news release, non-native grasses and invasive yellow star thistle will be torched.
Smoke: “In the unlikely event you smell smoke, county officials urge you to take precautions and use common sense to reduce harmful health effects by limiting outdoor activities,” according to the news release.
Air quality: The burn is being coordinated with the San Luis Obispo County Air Pollution Control District and the California Air Resources Board and area residents.
“The project is dependent on weather and will be carried out during favorable atmospheric conditions that provide adequate consumption and smoke dispersal,” according to Cal Fire. If conditions aren’t favorable, the burn will be rescheduled.

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