Controlled burn planned in southeast Atascadero today

newsroom@thetribunenews.comNovember 8, 2012 

Smoke may be visible in southeast Atascadero today as Cal Fire and local landowners conduct a 25 acre planned burn from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., according to a news release from the state agency.

The burn – which is a training exercise for fire crews – will be located at the eastern end of Santa Clara Road. Three fire engines and one fire crew will be involved in the burn that's designed to train personnel on ignition and containment techniques. The vegetation to be burned consists primarily of non-native grasses and the invasive yellow star thistle, the news release says.

In the unlikely event you smell smoke, county officials urge you to take precautions and use common sense to reduce harmful health effects by limiting outdoor activities.

The effort is being coordinated with the San Luis Obispo County Air Pollution Control District and the California Air Resources Board in order to minimize the smoke impacts on surrounding communities.

The burn may be rescheduled depending on weather.

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