Controlled burn planned Friday in southeast Atascadero

Cal Fire has set a 25-acre controlled burn for Friday, Sept. 30, at the eastern end of Santa Clara Road in southeast Atascadero. Three fire engines and one fire crew will be involved in the burn.

This burn is a training exercise to give fire crews experience fighting wildfires. According to a Cal Fire news release, non-native grasses and invasive yellow star thistle will be torched.

Residents of the North County will see smoke for a couple of hours between 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

“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,” according to the news release.

The burn is being coordinated with the San Luis Obispo County Air Pollution Control District and the California Air Resources Board and area residents.

“The project is dependent on weather and will be carried out during favorable atmospheric conditions that provide adequate consumption and smoke dispersal,” according to Cal Fire. If conditions aren’t favorable, the burn will be rescheduled.