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Prescribed Burn Alert

Sonora, CA — The Stanislaus National Forest conducted one burn today and want to alert the public that more will be ignited in the couple of months, weather permitting.

Motorists along Highway 108 may see smoke in the skies as the Crandall Prescribe burn started today with 30 acres going up in flames and another 70 to follow.  It is located in the Mi-Wok Ranger District in the Italian Bar area, north of the South Fork River and south of Deer Creek.

In addition, the Dry Meadow burn will ignite 1,186 acres over the next couple of months.  “Approximately 75 acres will be ignited daily when conditions align to allow for a successful understory burn,” said District Fire Manager, Greg Marfil.  “Ignitions are linked to favorable weather, fuel moisture levels and air quality factors.  That means we will burn on some days while strategically pausing on others.”

The targeted area for this burn is northwest of Beardsley Lake, adjacent to Forest Service Roads 5N02 and 5N22.  The public may notice smoke rising in these areas from the Highway 108 corridor and surrounding communities.  Smoke from the burns will be most visible during the evening and early morning hours and linger in the canyons, according to Forest Service officials.