San Luis Obispo firefighters are burning dozens of brush piles as part of a prescribed burn in Prefumo Canyon.
This is part of an effort to reduce the threat and severity of wildfires in San Luis Obispo.
“The Irish Hills Open Space presents a significant wildfire threat to the City of San Luis Obispo due to its proximity to homes and businesses and the lack of any significant recorded fire history,” said San Luis Obispo Fire Chief Keith Aggson. “The fuel, or vegetation, density in this area had long remained unchecked until the recent grant-funded fuel break work that was completed under the direction of the SLO County Fire Safe Council utilizing grant funding provided by the State.”
The San Luis Obispo Fire Department shared their progress on Twitter.
The weather is cooperating and SLO City Fire & @CALFIRE_SLO crews will work to make as much progress on the #Prefumo prescribed burn as conditions allow throughout the day. Please use caution if driving on Prefumo Canyon Rd as crews will be working on the roadside #PrescribedBurn pic.twitter.com/LoxvdAUJyn— SLO City Fire (@SLO_City_Fire) January 26, 2021
In addition to clearing out vegetation, the fire department recently completed a wildfire protection plan for San Luis Obispo residents.