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Friday, June 22, 2012

NEU: Yuba County Wildfire Training Burn Today

 CAL FIRE Nevada-Yuba-Placer Unit 

When:  The training will occur throughout the day, the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE) Nevada-Yuba-Placer Unit in cooperation with the University of California will conduct live fire training at the UC Field Station site north of Smartsville in Yuba County.

Why: CAL FIRE is conducting this 60 acre burn to allow firefighters to experience wildland firefighting tactics in a controlled environment and eradicate hazardous vegetation and noxious weeds including yellow star thistle and Medusa Head.

When: Burn will start between 8 a.m. and 10 a.m. depending on weather conditions and continue into the afternoon. Smoke will be visible from Highway 20, Browns Valley, Smartsville, Penn Valley, Grass Valley, Nevada City, and surrounding communities. 

Who: Firefighters working in firing teams will work to control the fire intensity and ensure the fire progresses in a safe manner. Resources will continue to check the area for several days.

Where: Burn site is off Scott Forbes Road, approximately four miles east of Highway 20. This is located in southern Yuba County, Browns Valley three miles north of Smartsville at the University of California Sierra Foothill Research and Extension Center Field Station. 

Note: This burn was originally scheduled for June 8th, but was postponed due to fire activity (Collins Lake Fire.)

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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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