Vegetation management burns announced

By From page A7 | June 14, 2013

CAMINO — The Amador-El Dorado-Sacramento Unit of Cal Fire will be conducting two vegetation management project (VMP) burns between June 17-21, weather permitting. The first will be at the Wakamatsu Farm located on Cold Springs Road in the community of Gold Hill (this is being rescheduled from a prior announced date) and the second will be on the Bacchi Ranch in Garden Valley.

“These broadcast burns will entail using prescribed fire while simultaneously achieving firefighter ‘live fire’ training objectives,” said Unit Chief Kelly Keenan.

The key objective of the two burn projects is to provide a live fire training opportunity for local firefighters. Live Fire training scenarios provide an opportunity to train firefighters in suppression techniques as well as work with other resources. A short window of time exists to provide this type of training in the late spring and early summer when the grass fuels are cured enough to burn, seasonal firefighters are on staff and available and equipment is available for training instead of committed to an incident.

The project areas will have control lines in place and firefighting equipment in strategic locations so that the fire is properly managed. For information on Cal Fire ’s vegetation management program, please visit the Webpage at

Teresa Mizuhara

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