A series of controlled burns are scheduled Wednesday and Thursday around the Lake Perris State Recreation Area, and area residents and motorists are advised not to be alarmed by the smoke.

According to the Riverside County Fire Department, the burns are generally planned between 6 a.m. and noon, targeting excess vegetation that California State Parks officials have requested be eliminated.

The operations will have the added effect of restoring habitat for the Kangaroo Rat and burrowing owl, according to the fire department.

Roughly 125 acres is slated for elimination, weather-permitting.

“Drift smoke may be visible from nearby communities, but will disperse quickly and is not expected to be a health hazard,” according to an agency statement.

Prescribed burns are conducted every spring in the county, during calm wind days with moderate to high relative humidity, reducing wildfire danger. The burns double as training sessions for personnel.

Anyone with questions or concerns was asked to call the department’s public affairs bureau at 951-940-6985.

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