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UPDATE: Controlled burn south of Los Alamos jumps containment line

Posted at 12:23 PM, Nov 12, 2019
and last updated 2019-11-12 20:16:28-05

UPDATE (5:05 p.m.) - The Santa Barbara County Fire Department says the controlled burn at Bar M Ranch jumped its containment line Tuesday afternoon and burned an additional 10-20 acres.

(12:23 p.m.) - Smoke may be visible over the next three days south of Los Alamos as firefighters conduct a controlled burn at Bar M Ranch.

The ranch is located approximately four miles southeast of Los Alamos, along Highway 101.

Approximately 557 acres of oak woodland, chaparral and sage brush are expected to be burned. It's scheduled to take place over three days from Tuesday, Nov. 12 through Thursday, Nov. 14, with burning occurring between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m. each day.

Santa Barbara County Fire says the goal of the burn is to reduce the risk of wildfire by removing old growth vegetation.

The fire department is working with the Santa Barbara County Air Pollution Control District and the California Air Resources Board to minimize impacts on air quality.