Cal Fire controlled burn near Santa Margarita set for Thursday

Santa Margarita-area residents can expect to catch a glimpse of smoke Thursday from a controlled Cal Fire brush burn.

Crews will be burning hazardous vegetation east of Santa Margarita, in an area just south of Parkhill Road between Little Quail Road and Stagecoach Canyon Road, according to a Cal Fire release.

Smoke may be visible throughout the day. Although it’s unlikely residents will smell smoke, San Luis Obispo County officials advise those near the burn site to take precautions to prevent harmful health effects.

The burn is part of a multiyear fire hazard abatement project that will create a series of fuelbreaks designed to reduce large wildfires in the Parkhill Road area.

The controlled fire is being coordinated with the San Luis Obispo County Air Pollution Control District and the California Air Resources Board to minimize smoke impacts.