Sonora, CA — The U.S. Forest Service has begun prescribed burn operations in the Groveland Ranger District of the Stanislaus National Forest.
The 230-acre burn project is located about one mile west of Yosemite National Park.
Officials say smoke may be visible from the community of Foresta located inside the park. The town of El Portal along the Merced River may also be affected.
Officials expect the operation to continue for up to three days depending on weather and forest conditions.
The operation is aimed at reducing the buildup of flammable vegetation in an effort to minimize the threat of hazardous wildfires.
The Forest Service also plans to begin re-planting efforts in the region next year.