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Controlled burns scheduled at Santa Rosa Plateau

By in Press Enterprise on June 13, 2017

By Gail Wesson

A prescribed burn of 259 acres is planned for Tuesday and Wednesday, June 13 and 14, at the Santa Rosa Plateau Ecological Reserve near Murrieta, according to a CalFire/Riverside County Fire Department news release.

Such controlled fires are set to lessen the chance of wildfire and eliminate non-native grasses in the land preserve.

The burns also give state firefighters and inmate conservation camp crews training in wildland fire suppression

Burning operations will typically begin after 6:30 a.m. and conclude by noon. The plan is to burn 105 acres on Tuesday and 154 acres on Wednesday, in the Mesa de Colorado area.

The fires are called “prescribed” because weather conditions must be favorable, and are allowed on days permitted by the Air Quality Management District.

Smoke may be visible from nearby communities.

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