According to Cal Fire San Diego, starting at 8 a.m. at Tulloch Ranch, the agency is orchestrating a prescribed burn, a preventative step against California’s notorious wildfire dangers.
For those curious about the sudden smog, CAL FIRE/SAN DIEGO COUNTY FIRE posted an advisory, citing the controlled burn is a standard procedure to manage vegetation and mitigate future fire hazards. As such, the smoke may be noticeable throughout the county, but rest assured, it's under the watchful eye of the experts.
We will be conducting a prescribed burn east of Ramona on the Tulloch Ranch today. You may be able to see and smell smoke throughout the county. Prescribed burning will start around 8 am.— CAL FIRE/SAN DIEGO COUNTY FIRE (@CALFIRESANDIEGO) December 6, 2023
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Controlled burns like these are a part of Cal Fire’s Vegetation Management Program, a long-standing initiative with a focus on reducing wildfire risks and improving the health of forest ecosystems. Cal Fire revealed the program’s core objectives: reduction of large-scale fires, optimizing soil and water use, and shoring up the environment for flora and fauna, as reported by FOX 5 San Diego.
Landowners can apply for Cal Fire’s help in executing these necessary burns once their areas are deemed suitable and can contribute to community safety and environmental preservation. The practice is designed to curb the frequency and ferocity of wildland fires, bolster public safety, and decrease potential flood and erosion damages. Furthermore, it enhances habitats for local wildlife and fisheries, as well as aids in protecting firefighters and first responders by reducing emergency risks.
Since its inception in 1982, the Vegetation Management Program has been an instrumental piece in California's firefighting arsenal, managing to treat upwards of 25,000 acres on an annual basis to maintain a sustainable and safer natural landscape.