Dec 13, 2013 8:24 PM by Olivia DeGennaro, KSBY News

Morro Bay clearing dead brush to prevent fires

The California Department of Parks and Recreation is working to reduce the risk of wildfire in Morro Bay.

They're clearing dead vegetation and trees on Black Hill and Upper State Park Road from December 16 to 20, 2013. The goal is to provide a buffer for homes in the area.

The majority of the clearing will happen next to homes on La Loma Street, Balboa Street, Kings Street, Fairview Street and the Blue Heron Mobile Home Park.

They'll create burn piles and do a controlled burn and an Air Curtain Burner.

"Air Curtain Burners are designed principally as a pollution control device," Morro Bay Fire Chief Steve Knuckles said. "The primary objective of an air curtain machine is to reduce the particulate matter and smoke from burning dead vegetation."

Both Morro Bay Fire Department and San Luis Obispo County Air Pollution Control issued permits for the burn. The permits only allow for burning between sunrise and four hours before sunset.

Someone will be monitoring the smoke during the burns to find any impact it might have on the surrounding community.



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