The California Department of Parks and Recreation in cooperation with the California Department of Forestry and Fire protection (CAL FIRE) is planning to conduct prescribed burns and pile burns in Cuyamaca Rancho State Park today through May 15th.
According to a press release from California State Parks, these burns are part of a forest health and recovery program, and this treatment will enhance the health of the forest by restoring essential nutrients to the soil and reducing the chance of a catastrophic wildfire.
Some public trails near the burn area may be closed the day of the burn, and people traveling near the burn areas may see smoke from 9am to 6pm on the day of the burn or may smell smoke as they pass through the area.
California State Parks assures us, however, that prescribed burns produce significantly less smoke than a wildfire, but County officials are still urging us to use common sense to reduce any harmful effects by limiting outdoor activities, especially for children, the elderly, and people with respiratory and heart conditions. Please also use extreme caution while driving near the burn areas due to fire personnel and equipment in the area.
The prescribed burns and pile burns are planned and coordinated with the San Diego Air Pollution Control District in order to minimize smoke impacts on surrounding communities, and California State Parks, USFS, and CAL FIRE are adhering to safety protocols set by public health officials.