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Firefighters work to reduce fire risk in Prefumo Canyon

Prefumo Canyon Prescribed Burn
Prefumo Canyon Prescribed Burn
Prefumo Canyon Prescribed Burn
Posted at 11:08 AM, Jan 26, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-26 14:08:49-05

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.

In addition to clearing out vegetation, the fire department recently completed a wildfire protection plan for San Luis Obispo residents.