Controlled burns are planned Wednesday and Thursday around the Lake Perris State Recreation Area, where almost 400 acres of brush are slated to be eliminated.

According to the Riverside County Fire Department, the burns are scheduled between 6 a.m. and noon adjacent to the lake, and motorists and area residents were advised not to be alarmed by the drift smoke

The operations will only proceed if winds are calm, officials said.

“A total of 378 acres will be burned over the two-day period,” according to a fire department statement.

The agency said in addition to eradicating weeds and non-native grasses, the burns will improve habitat for the burrowing owl.

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 firefighting personnel. California State Parks officials will be involved in the operations.

Prescribed burning took place over a three-day period earlier this month around Lake Perris, with more than 230 acres torched.

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

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