North County residents are likely to see smoke Friday.
Local landowners, Cal Fire, the county Air Pollution Control District, and the California Air Resources Board will collaborate on a 25-acre prescribed burn near Garden Farms.
The burn will take place between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. at the eastern end of Santa Clara Road in southeast Atascadero.
Cal Fire says the burn is a training exercise that allows fire crews to use live fire “and gain valuable experience using prudent ignitionand containment techniques.”
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In addition, the fire will burn off non-native grasses and yellow thistle, a prolific invasive plant.
Officials are warning that both residents and drivers on Highway 101 may see smoke, which could last for two hours. They are urging residents to “use common sense” and limit outdoor activities.
Whether officials go forward with the fire depends on weather conditions. If they are not favorable, it will be rescheduled.