The California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE), in cooperation with the Santa Rosa Plateau Ecological Reserve will be conducting a controlled burn of 259 acres.
The burning of 105 acres on Mesa de Colorado is scheduled to take place Tuesday, June 13,2017 and 154 acres on Wednesday, June 14, 2017 between the hours of 6:00 a.m. and 12:00p.m. These scheduled dates are dictated by favorable weather conditions.
The controlled burn is a part of CAL FIRE’s Vegetation Management Program (VMP); a fireprevention service that has conducted several controlled burns this year throughout the County with the goal of eliminating non-native grass as well as reducing the hazard posed by flammablevegetation. In addition to the ecological and hazard reduction benefits, firefighters are provided the opportunity to participate in valuable wildland fire suppression training.
This controlled burn operation will utilize CAL FIRE engines and CAL FIRE Conservation Camp fire crews. Burning operations will typically begin after 6:30 a.m. and conclude by noon the same day.
Residents and commuters in southwest Riverside County may temporarily see or smell smoke in the Temecula and Murrieta valleys.
The burning operation will only occur on permissive burn
days as determined by the Air Quality Management District (AQMD) and CAL FIRE/Riverside County Fire Department. Smoke will be visible from nearby communities but will disperse quickly and is not expected to
be a health hazard.Media representatives wishing to attend this training exercise should contact the CALFIRE/Riverside County Fire Department Public Affairs Bureau at 951-940-6985.
Press Release Provided By CALFIRE/Riverside County Fire Department