Today, San Mateo County Parks announced the temporary closure of the popular Sheep Camp Trail connector to Crystal Springs Regional Trail. This closure, which is expected to last one or two days, coincides with a planned prescribed burn conducted by CAL FIRE CZU near Upper Crystal Springs Reservoir.
Weather permitting, the prescribed fire will take place in brush and grassland areas, with smoke potentially visible from Woodside, Belmont, Burlingame, Emerald Hills, San Carlos Hills, and parts of I-280 in San Mateo County. Those in the vicinity may notice extensive fire equipment and a helicopter on the scene, but officials have assured the public that there is no need to call 911.
The prescribed burn serves a dual purpose: not only does it aim to reduce fire fuel and lower the risk of larger fires, but it also intends to increase coastal prairie habitat, which is vanishing due to brush encroachment and lack of disturbance. According to the County of San Mateo press release, this burn is part of a broader strategic effort to protect the local community and nearby natural resources.
Smoke may be visible in Woodside, Belmont, Burlingame, Emerald Hills, San Carlos Hills, and parts of I-280 in #SanMateoCounty. There will be extensive fire equipment and a helicopter on scene. There is no need to call 9-1-1. https://t.co/N4zbEm7Unl— County of San Mateo (@sanmateoco) September 18, 2023
Notably, this closure comes at the same time as a continued closure of the nearby Ralston Bike Trail. The Ralston Bike Trail remains off-limits due to PG&E gas pipeline work, with a projected reopening date of October 31.