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Expect More Smoke and Aircrafts Today as CAL FIRE Conducts Prescribed Burn Near Willits Headquarters


The following is a post from the Cal Fire Mendocino Facebook page:

CAL FIRE Firefighters tending to a controlled pile burn [Picture from the Cal Fire Facebook page]

#CALFIREMEU Mendocino Unit personnel plan to conduct a prescribed burn on state owned property at Howard Forest, Mendocino CAL FIRE Unit Headquarters, 17501 N. Highway 101, Willits, CA. The burn will start today Monday, December 6, 2021 and continue through Tuesday, December 7, 2021 approximately 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. each day. Smoke and aircraft will be visible in the area.

This burn is to promote natural regeneration, enhance wildlife habitat, protect watershed values and to provide training for fire personnel. Fire is an essential ecological process in fire-dependent ecosystems, such as California wildlands. However, over a century of fire suppression has led to wildlands, woodlands and rangelands that are unable to withstand normal droughts, insect outbreaks or wildfires. The purpose of any fuel reduction project is to change the size and composition of the fuels in the forest, creating a break in fuel continuity.

The burn will be conducted under very tight restrictions for the personal safety of firefighters and area residents. If there are any indications that the burn cannot be conducted in a safe manner, such as high winds or local fire activity, the burn will be cancelled. CAL FIRE reminds all residents that their safety is of the utmost concern. #fireprevention#defensiblespace.

For information on how to create Defensible Space, as well as tips to prevent wildfires, visit


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Matt LaFever
Matt LaFever
Picking Brains—Baring Bones—Playing it By Ear: I'm a reporter in Mendocino County and the Founder of MendoFever.

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