Tuesday, May 30, 2017

CA-CZU Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park Prescribed Fire

Henry Cowell State Park – Fuel Reduction Prescribed Fire 

California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection San Mateo-Santa Cruz Unit

FELTON –  The California Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR) and CAL FIRE are planning to ignite a 9 acre prescribed burn near the observation platform at Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park on Wednesday, May 31st.

 The project is being conducted in accordance with a Smoke Management Permit issued by the Monterey Bay Unified Air Pollution Control District to minimize the smoke impacts on surrounding communities. 

 This burn is being conducted to reduce the threat of catastrophic wildfire and to maintain rare Ponderosa Pine Sandhills Parkland habitat, which relies on fire to maintain a healthy ecosystem. It is the continuation of a prescribed burn conducted in the same area last year.

 The Henry Cowell Observation Platform Prescribed Burn also affords important training opportunities to wildland firefighters for the approaching fire season. Drivers on Graham Hill Road and nearby residents should expect to see smoke on the 31st and it should be no cause for alarm.

 The Henry Cowell area has been the scene of numerous human caused fires over the past 5 years. The expansion of this project, in addition to environmental enhancement, provides additional fire protection for nearby residential areas.

 As the state enters the dry season when wildfires are regularly encountered, CAL FIRE recommends the public take extra care when working with fire and to be alert and report any fires that they observe escaping control. So far, this month, the San Mateo – Santa Cruz Unit has responded to seven wildland fires in the unit. 

For more information about how you can protect your home and property from wildfire, visit http://www.readyforwildfire.org/.

CONTACT: Sarah Collamer
RELEASE DATE: May 30, 2017

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