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Fire Officials Conduct Prescribed Burns

Sonora, CA — Residents of Tuolumne City may see smoke and fire equipment in the area today as the U.S. Forest Service conducts prescribed burning operations.

Officials say the 200 acre Cherry burn is taking place in the Groveland Ranger District of the Stanislaus National Forest about 16 miles to the east.

Meanwhile officials in Yosemite National Park are preparing to launch the 1500 acre Gin Flat burn.

Park spokeswoman Deb Schweizer says the operation will begin tomorrow at about 9:00 a.m. and go for three to five days, weather permitting.

Schweizer says the subsequent burn down phase is likely to produce smoke for up to two weeks.

Fire crews will reportedly be using aerial equipment because of the rugged terrain in the area.

The smoke is expected to affect areas such as Groveland, Big Oak Flat and Sonora.