Prescribed fire planned for Sly Park

By From page A3 | October 09, 2013

CAMINO — Over the next few weeks, Cal Fire crews will be conducting a prescribed fire project at Sly Park Lake as long as very specific conditions are met.
This annual vegetation management project is done in cooperation with the EI Dorado Irrigation District in order to keep the recreation area and local subdivisions safer in the event of a wildland fire.  The plan is to burn off brush, conifer litter and bear clover in the understory. The targeted areas to be burned are at the corner of Sly Park Road and Park Creek Road in Pollock Pines between the hours of 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Cal Fire Unit Chief Kelly Keenan said, “An environmental analysis is made for each project, along with mitigation measures to address any foreseeable adverse impacts that may be caused by the fire. The target area for the prescribed burn project has control lines in place as well as fire crews and firefighting equipment in strategic locations in order to maintain control of the fire once it is set. My field personnel are highly trained professionals and will not burn unless these very specific parameters are met each day of the scheduled burns. All prescribed burn projects are the result of extensive pre-planning involving studies of the vegetation types, fuel loading, weather patterns, topography, assets at risk and fire history. We work closely with the El Dorado Air Quality Management District for permits and coordination for the burn.”

The prescribed burn project will begin with a small “test burn” at the beginning of each day, as a final check to ensure that conditions are within “prescription.” If conditions are favorable, then the firefighters will begin ignition around the perimeter of the project allowing a low intensity slow burn to consume fuels within the project.

Fire crews and EID staff as well as SPI foresters will monitor the area following the firing operations. If you have any questions, contact Cal Fire’s Division Chief Tom Tinsley at 530-644-2345.

Teresa Mizuhara

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