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Posted on: October 2, 2023

[ARCHIVED] Controlled Burn Scheduled for Big Rock Ridge Area - Northern Marin - October 3-5, 2023


News Release From Marin County Fire:

San Rafael, CA – A controlled burn scheduled from October 3-5 in northern Marin is expected to release smoke that will be in full view of anyone in or near Novato and the northern San Rafael areas of Lucas Valley, Marinwood, Terra Linda, and Santa Venetia. Travelers on Highway 101 can expect to be within view as well.

Burn operation planners ask community to refrain from calling 911 if they see smoke from the burn area. The 200-acre operation is a fire fuel reduction effort. The vegetation management work will take place on private property known as H Ranch.

“We expect the smoke to be darker and heavier than usual because of the quantity of dry vegetation. We are asking for the public’s support, in helping us spread the word,” said Marin County Fire Chief Jason Weber. “We want to be sure we are doing everything we can to reduce concerns from nearby neighborhoods and hopefully avoid inundating our dispatch lines so they may focus on responding to active emergencies.”

The participating agencies including, Marin County Fire Department, the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE) and Novato Fire Protection District, are looking to take advantage of favorable weather conditions and available fire resources to achieve fuel management goals through prescribed fires. This multi-year project will make it easier for firefighters to protect the surrounding populated areas and lessen any possible future impacts on the community.

“This prescribed fire and training is a great opportunity for us to reduce fuel load in the area, mitigate impact on our community, while also preparing the next generation of firefighters,” said Battalion Chief Graham Groneman.

Controlled burns help prevent high-intensity wildfires by reducing the volume and continuity of wildland vegetation. Burning improves forest health reducing dead and down vegetation while improving wildlife habitat. Such burns are approved by Bay Area Air Quality Management District and held in conjunction with area public safety agencies.

Traffic on nearby roads may be impacted by the influx of fire vehicles before and after the controlled burn. In addition to fire engines and fire trucks, the operation will have adequate resources like heavy equipment and a helicopter, to ensure the fire stays within the prescription area. Weather will also be monitored closely ensuring smoke dispersal and fire control measures remain favorable.

Learn more about Marin County Fire’s vegetation management program online.

Visit the Newsroom to view all County news releases.

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