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200-acre prescribed burn planned north of Cayucos

The Estero Bluffs are located north of Cayucos.
The Estero Bluffs are located north of Cayucos. The Tribune

About 200 acres will be burned Tuesday north of Cayucos if conditions permit, State Parks has announced.

The prescribed burn of grassland and coastal scrub on Estero Bluffs State Park will cover an area from Swallow Creek to just north of San Geronimo Creek, including Cayucos Point.

It’s intended to “enhance the health of the native plant communities, encourage increased species composition and aid in the control of non-native, weedy species,” Vince Cicero of State Parks said in a statement.

The burn could be put off until as late as Friday if conditions are not favorable earlier in the week. Among the key considerations is the effect of smoke on nearby communities. The burn is expected to last from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Cal Fire, the San Luis Obispo County Air Pollution Control district, the Cayucos Land Conservancy and firefighters from Cayucos and Hearst Castle are also cooperating in organizing and executing the burn.