Controlled burn near Montana de Oro scheduled for today

Smoke may be visible throughout San Luis Obispo County today as a controlled fire burns vegetation on PG&E property near Montana de Oro.

The 85-acre fire was scheduled to be set Monday morning along the ocean near Point Buchon and in Crowbar Canyon.

Five fire engines, a bulldozer, helicopter and five fire crews from Cal Fire were conducting the burn.

The fire is part of Cal Fire's vegetation management program, and is supposed to reduce brush and other fuels in areas prone to large wildfires.

If county residents smell smoke, officials urge common sense to reduce health problems by limiting outdoor activities. The county's Air Pollution Control District and the California Air Resources Board are helping to ensure the smoke impact on surrounding communities is kept to a minimum.

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