Controlled burns in Mendocino County Monday, Tuesday


Mendocino County's CAL FIRE unit will be conducting controlled vegetation burns Monday and Tuesday of this week, according to CAL FIRE officials.

On Monday, Feb. 12, starting at 1 p.m. the unit will conduct the vegetation management control burn on privately-owned land near the Shamrock Ranch, close to the community of Laytonville.

"The prescribed burning conducted under this Vegetation Management Program (VMP) project will be done to meet a specific objective and conducted under specific climatic conditions to ensure control and minimize air quality and biological impacts," CAL FIRE said.

The agency said these conditions will mimic those under which natural wildfires occur, in order to maximize the positive effects of fire on vegetation.

Burning is planned through Tuesday, Feb.13, weather and air quality conditions permitting, according to CAL FIRE. The agency said the burns will be conducted under very tight restrictions for the personal safety of firefighters and nearby residents. If there are any indications that the burn cannot be conducted in a safe manner, such as high winds or local fire activity, CAL FIRE said the burn will be cancelled.

"This project burn will be conducted under strictly controlled weather and fuel conditions," CAL FIRE said, adding that smoke and air crafts maybe visible in the area.

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