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U.S. Forest Service To Conduct Prescribed Burns

Sonora, CA — Federal forestry officials will be conducting two prescribed burns over the next few weeks as part of the ongoing forest maintenance program.

Forest Service spokesman Pat Kaunert says one is being conducted in the Calaveras Ranger District along Highway 4 north of Avery-Sheep Ranch Road adjacent to Valley View Road near Arnold.

Kaunert says prescribed burns are conducted for a wide range of purposes. He says prescribed burns reduce fire hazard and protect residential areas near wildlands. They also improve forest health and maintain fuel breaks for fires.

The other prescribed burn will take place about four miles south of Long Barn in the Tuolumne River drainage near Fahey Meadow, north of Marble Mountain. Kaunert says that burn is planned to begin today.

Kaunert says the burns are conducted in accordance with weather conditions and fuel moisture as well as air quality control conditions.

Officials warn that smoke will be visible in both areas during the burn operations and measures are being taken to reduce the effects of the smoke on the public.