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Stanislaus National Forest, CA — There could be smoke in the Stanislaus National Forest starting next week.

Crews will be lighting up the 166 acre Crandall Underburn in the Mi-Wok Ranger District. The prescribed burn will begin Wednesday, January 22 and run through February 5, weather permitting. The dry conditions are a concern, but Forest officials caution they will be checking fuel conditions, monitoring the relative humidity and the wind daily.

“Rest assured we don’t want there to be a problem,” says Forest Spokesperson Rebecca Garcia. “They are not going to burn if they think there may be a problem.”

Forest Officials report the goal of the burn is to enhance public and firefighter safety by maintaining a fuel break and further reducing the threat of high-intensity wildfire by creating a mosaic pattern of vegetation.

Garcia says, “Everyone out there is fire hesitant because of what happened with the Rim Fire. Fire is neither good nor bad, but it can be a tool for actually helping us to protect ourselves from uncharacteristic wildfires in the future.”

The prescribed burn is located off Italian Bar Road south of Deer Creek. Smoke may be visible from Hwy 108 in the Mi-Wuk or Long Barn area.

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