Controlled burns planned north of Cambria

Smoke may be seen periodically through May 15 as State Parks maintenance crews burn dead, downed and diseased plants and trees in the Washburn Campground area of Hearst San Simeon State Park, just southeast of the intersection of San Simeon Creek Road and Highway 1.

The vegetation management program helps protect structures, people and the forest, according to officials, by decreasing the potential for wildfires, enhancing the health of the native plants in the area, encouraging increased species composition and aiding in the control of pitch canker fungal disease in Monterey pines.

The parks agency is doing the work in conjunction with County/Cal Fire, Mountains Recreation and Conservation Authority and the Air Pollution Control District.

For details, call Vince Cicero, parks environmental scientist, at 471-2049.