Controlled burns planned on North Coast

Prescribed burns are planned in three North Coast state parks between Tuesday and Dec. 31.

State Parks Department staff, Cal Fire and the county’s Air Pollution Control District cooperated on planning the vegetation-management burns, which will be done when conditions permit north of Cayucos and San Simeon.

About 200 acres of grassland between Cayucos and San Geronimo Creek at Estero Bluffs State Park will be burned.

Burns are planned at two sites at Hearst San Simeon State Park: About 212 acres of grassland near Tortuga Creek, between Arroyo Laguna and San Simeon Point; and about 10 acres near Broken Bridge Creek, adjacent to the San Simeon Cove day-use area at William Randolph Hearst Memorial Beach.

The burns are, according to State Parks, part of a vegetation management program intended to enhance the health of native plant communities, encourage increased species composition, keep open coastal views and help control non-native, weedy species.

For details, call Vince Cicero, senior environmental scientist for State Parks San Luis Obispo Coast District, at 471-2049.