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CAL FIRE and Chico State to conduct control burn

Cal Fire and Chico State plan to burn 27-acres of grass and brush in the Big Chico Creek Ecological Reserve on Thursday.

Posted: Feb 19, 2020 12:40 PM

BUTTE COUNTY, Calif. – Cal Fire and Chico State plan to burn 27-acres of grass and brush in the Big Chico Creek Ecological Reserve on Thursday.

Smoke from the control burn may be visible in the Forest Ranch area throughout the morning and early afternoon, Cal Fire said.

“This project offers a great opportunity to work with local partners to remove hazardous fuels in a safe environment, and for students and firefighters to conduct research on the many ecological benefits of prescribed fire,” said David Hawks, CAL FIRE/Butte County Fire Chief.

Cal Fire said with the canyon providing shelter from winds, and the fuel model in the Ecological Reserve, weather conditions are more favorable to conduct the burn. They also added that since it's been a warm winter, vegetation has become unseasonably dry, and the abundant fuels are now ready to burn.

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Very strong winds and dry conditions are driving critical fire danger today. A Red Flag Warning for high fire danger, a Wind Advisory, and a Freeze Warning are all in effect for the start of your Thursday.
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