Los Padres National Forest officials today announced plans to begin prescribed burning operations over the next few months.
Forest officials say the operations will begin when the weather conditions are favorable. The specific locations and dates will be shared online.
The efforts are to minimize the threat of wildfires in the vast forest ahead of the hot, summer months.
When the burns occur, forest officials say signs will be posted along roads to alert the public of the burning activity and smoke in the area.