California State Parks plan prescribed fires next week |

California State Parks plan prescribed fires next week


Park officials gave notice Tuesday that prescribed burning will begin next week in Sugar Pine Point State Park if weather conditions are favorable.

“Burning will possibly commence on Monday, Oct. 1, 2001, if weather is favorable and regulatory agencies permit,” the California State Parks said in a statement. A seven-day notice is mandatory.

The decision to go ahead with the fire came after overnight showers in the area, which raised moisture levels in the air allowing for safer burns.

The Sugar Pine Point State Park burn will take place on Unit No. 20-2, which measures about 40 acres on the western side of the park near Lily Pond, said Esther Mandeno, a prescribed fire manager who will lead the 35-member team carrying out the burn operation.

All efforts will be made to reduce smoke during the burning, said Mandeno.

To ensure that, the crew will burn small areas at a time so that the fire dies out in a day. The fire will be kept at a flaming stage so that it doesn’t smolder and cause too much smoke. Also, excess fuel in the park will be offered to the public as firewood to reduce the amount of wood needed to be burned.

Similar burns are scheduled for Washoe Meadow State Park and the Burton Creek State Park, but they are unlikely to happen until November, Mandeno said.

However, if weather conditions change, the prescribed burn project may be called off.

“If this wind keeps up, it may dry up and the burn may have to be canceled,” Mandeno said.

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