Thursday, 01 December 2022

Sonoma County prescribed burn planned Sept. 27 to 29

NORTH COAST, Calif. — Cal Fire’s Sonoma-Lake-Napa Unit, with cooperation from partners at the Wildlands Conservancy, Monte Rio Fire Protection District, and the Northern Sonoma County Air Pollution Control District, will be conducting a prescribed burn starting Tuesday, Sept. 27, through Thursday, Sept. 29.

The burn will be located near an unnamed ridge west of Magic Mountain Road and south of Kidd Creek in Sonoma County.

This burn will take place along a ridge where Cal Fire has conducted prescribed burning since 2018 to maintain a strategic location to stop or slow an approaching wildfire and reestablish wildfire as a natural disturbance regime.

It is planned to burn approximately 15 acres per day of the State Responsibility Area, or SRA, as part of a vegetation management project that helps treat the forest understory.

Burning is expected to start at 9 a.m. each day and be completed by 4 p.m. each afternoon. Due to the elevation and location, expect smoke to be visible from many parts of Sonoma County including the Windsor area down to Santa Rosa.

The burn and smoke should be visible from the Siri camera on the ALERTCalifornia website.

If traveling in the area, please use caution.

Prescribed burns are carefully planned and must meet strict criteria for ecological benefit, weather parameters, smoke management and fire safety guidelines. The planned operation is subject to lastminute changes due to those considerations.

When all conditions are met, trained wildland firefighters conduct the burn while monitoring the set criteria, fire behavior and designated fire control lines.

The prescribed burn will comply with requirements of the Northern Sonoma County Air Pollution
Control District.

To learn more about prescribed fire and its benefits visit https://www.readyforwildfire.org/more/prescribed-fires.

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