Controlled Fire Burn Today In Pozo And California Valley

The Department of Forestry and Fire Protection in cooperation with local ranchers will conduct a 400 acre prescribed burn on today. This burn was cancelled on Friday due to the Toro wildfire which was controlled at 51 acres. The burn is located 9 miles northeast of Pozo and 12 miles northwest of California Valley. Eight fire engines, 4 hand crews, 2 bulldozers, and 1 helicopter will be assigned to the burn.
This burn is being conducted as part of the CAL FIRE Vegetation Management Program and is intended to reduce hazardous vegetation in an area prone to large wildfires and also to improve range quality for livestock and wildlife.
People in the La Panza and California Valley area and/or traveling Highway 58 and Pozo Road may see smoke from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on the day of the burn.  In the unlikely event you smell smoke, County officials urge you to take common sense precautions to reduce any harmful health effects such as avoiding strenuous outdoor activity and/or remaining indoors as much as possible.  These precautions are especially important for children, the elderly and people with respiratory and heart conditions.  Traffic along Pozo Road 3-5 miles southwest of Highway 58 may be delayed during active burning adjacent to the roadway.