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Prescribed Burns in SF Bay Area

Yesterday I was surprised to see a large smoke cloud over the Diablo Range east of Santa Clara Valley, in the area of Mount Hamilton and Lick Observatory. It is unusual to see fires this late in the season, but I assumed that perhaps our less-than-typical rainfall might be playing a part.

Today the California Fire News blog reports that this fire, a fire in Big Basin, and others not too far away are actually prescribed burns. I’m used to seeing this in the Sierra in the fall, but it is a new development – as far as I know – in the Bay Area. It is also probably a very good idea given that wildfires in areas where fires have been long suppressed have the potential to do very serious damage.


November 29, 2007 Posted by | Commentary, Environment | 4 Comments


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