Firefighters begin 8-day burn along Highway 128

Smoke and CAL FIRE helicopters will be visible above the project, and single-lane traffic control be implemented in affected areas of prescribed burns along Highway 128.
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Firefighters began conducting prescribed burns on the north side of Highway 128 between Winters and the Monticello Dam June 24.

In an statement update from CAL Fire Public Information Officer Bruce Lang, of the CAL FIRE Sonoma Lake Napa Unit, the Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE), Sonoma-Lake-Napa Unit plan to burn approximately 65 acres in the area, with ignition starting at 8:30 a.m. and ending at 3 p.m. each day or as conditions change.

Smoke and CAL FIRE helicopters will be visible above the project, and single-lane traffic control be implemented in affected areas along Highway 128 until the project’s completion June 28.

“The area to be treated has seen five large fires over the last five years. The involved agencies pooled resources and personnel to create a fire break to prevent fires originating from Highway 128 to spread into the steep rugged country to the north where topography makes firefighting extremely difficult,” Powers said.

The burning operation originally scheduled between June 10-14 was canceled due to the Sand Fire. The new prescribed burn timeframe takes place Monday, June 24 through Friday, June 28. CAL FIRE is conducting the burn during times when cooler temperatures can make fires more manageable and to avoid increased fire activity.

“These prescribed vegetation management burns are carefully planned and must meet strict criteria for ecological benefit, weather parameters, smoke management, and fire safety guidelines,” CAL FIRE PIO Will Powers said in a June 19 press release. “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 complies with Yolo-Solano Air Quality Management District requirements. Yolo-Solano AQMD can be contacted at 530-757-3660. View an interactive map of the project area at: http://yolo.maps.arcgis.com/apps/webappviewer/index.html?id=096e1729b7354218b023c29988797f66]]>

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