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CAL FIRE to conduct 12-acre prescribed burn in Magalia

Cal Fire will conduct a 12-acre control burn in Magalia on Tuesday at the Butte Fire Center on Steiffer Road.

Posted: Feb 18, 2020 11:58 AM
Updated: Feb 24, 2020 6:55 PM

Editor's Note: This story read the burn would take place on Monday but Cal Fire has since changed the date and will conduct the burn on Tuesday.

MAGALIA, Calif. – Cal Fire will burn 12 acres of vegetation at the Butte Fire Center on Steiffer Road in Magalia on Tuesday.

This burn was scheduled for last week due to strong winds. However, crews said weather conditions have improved enough for them to burn on Tuesday.

Smoke will be visible in the upper ridge throughout the morning and early afternoon.

The hazardous fuel reduction burn will remove undergrowth and provide a fuel break to mitigate fire danger in the area, according to Cal Fire.

“Now is the ideal time to burn unwanted and overgrown vegetation,” Battalion Chief of Butte County’s Vegetation Management Program, Gus Boston said. “This is an area of the county known for heavy fuels, and we’re taking advantage of the conditions to lower the threat of destructive wildfire.”

Cal Fire said crews will monitor the weather and only conduct the burn if wind and other weather conditions are favorable.

The burn will provide local firefighters and fire crews from the California Conservation Corps the opportunity to train on various wildfire-fighting tactics, Cal Fire said.

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