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Firefighters conducting prescribed burns in Los Padres National Forest

Posted: 10:54 AM, Feb 18, 2020
Updated: 2020-02-18 13:54:24-05
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Firefighters with the Los Padres National Forest are conducting prescribed burns in several areas of the forest to reduce potential fuel for wildfires.

Crews are burning piles of dead trees and brush. On Tuesday, firefighters were working atop Figueroa Mountain and near the Chuchupate Campground.

Forest Service officials say the burns are scheduled to take place through February 28 and additional burns will happen in March. Burning operations will begin at 8:30 a.m. and conclude at 5 p.m. on permissive burn days.

The Forest Service is working with the Santa Barbara County Air Pollution Control District, San Luis Obispo County Air Pollution Control District, San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District, Ventura County Air Pollution Control District, and the California Air Resources Board to minimize impacts on air quality in nearby communities.