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Friday, November 16, 2012

CA-SLO- Coon Creek Escaped Prescribed fire - 100 acres, 60%

Update: Firefighters expected have a wildfire that started as a prescribed burn in Montaña de Oro State Park fully controlled today at 100 acres. Cal Fire/San Luis Obispo County Fire Department Capt. Zach Nichols said firefighters had the blaze 60 percent contained Wednesday and expected to have it fully contained Thursday.

Cal Fire in unified command with the California State Parks Department. 

Location: Prescribed burn escaped its control lines Monday at Montaña de Oro State Park in San Luis Obispo County. the fire  burned into the state park from Pacific Gas and Electric Co. property. Monday night, off-shore winds that were stronger than expected blew flames from PG&E land onto the north side of Coon Creek and into the state park, Nichols said.
Land targeted for the burn was located on both state park and PG&E’s property where Diablo Canyon Power Plant is located farther to the south.
No infrastructure was threatened as the fire burned beyond the 430 acres planned for the prescribed burn started Monday along Coon Creek.

Why: The prescribed burn near the southern edge of the park was conducted to improve wildlife habitat health, improve range for cattle and to reduce the impacts of a wildland fire by burning old overgrown vegetation.

Air Quality: Onshore winds carried a haze of smoke into the South County and the Santa Maria Valley on Monday afternoon and into the evening hours.
San Luis Obispo County Air Pollution Control District officials said by Tuesday the air quality index for the South Count was moderate, meaning it was unhealthy for very sensitive groups.

Resources: 300 firefighters were on the lines, including 12 hand crews, manning about 30 fire engines and four water tankers.
Air resources: Three helicopters and four fixed-wing air tankers

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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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