Calfire training blazes scheduled for next month |

Calfire training blazes scheduled for next month

The California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection plans to set four training fires of varying size in Yuba County next month, and the smoke will be visible throughout Nevada County, Calfire said Thursday.

The fires are intended to teach firefighters from across Northern California how to use fire as a tool for fighting fires, according to Calfire.

The burns will range from two to 400 acres in size and will take place at the University of California, Sierra Foothill Research and Extension Center field station at Richards Ranch, north of Englebright Reservoir off of Scott Grant Road, four miles east of Highway 20.

The fires will be set June 5, June 11, June 12 and June 26.

Smoke from the burns will be visible in Smartville, Dobbins, Oregon House, Penn Valley, Lake Wildwood, French Corral, North San Juan, Grass Valley and Nevada City, Calfire reports.

Additional dates may be added, and they only will be set if weather and fuel conditions are appropriate.

According to Calfire, the burns will serve several purposes in addition to training, including management of noxious weeds and improved wildlife habitat.

To contact Staff Writer Robyn Moormeister, e-mail or call 477-4236.

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