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CAL FIRE SLO to conduct prescribed burn on private ranch near Creston Monday

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Posted at 3:59 PM, May 31, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-31 19:00:33-04

You may see smoke in northern parts of San Luis Obispo County this coming week.

Beginning Monday, June 1st, 2020, CAL FIRE SLO plans to conduct up to 944 acres of prescribed burning on private ranch land 4 miles south of Creston along the west side of Huer Huero Creek.

This project is aimed at reducing wildfire risk in the Atascadero, Santa Margarita and Parkhill areas through the removal of fuels.

This project is within the footprint of the 1989 Chispa fire which is the 7th largest wildfire in San Luis Obispo County history.

Burning is expected to occur over a 3-day period through Wednesday June 3rd.

CAL FIRE resources will include 1 helicopter, 1 bulldozer, 5 fire engines and 2 hand crews.

According to fire officials, this 3-day burn has been planned in cooperation with SLO County APCD to minimize potential smoke impacts to the public.

Smoke will be present throughout each day along the Hwy 229 and O’Donovan Road corridors south of Creston, and smoke will be visible throughout the North County.

If smoke dispersal is not adequate, burning will be curtailed or rescheduled.