Riverside County fire crews will conduct a controlled burn along the perimeter of the Cleveland National Forest west of Murrieta Tuesday and in the ensuing days to clear 80 acres of excess vegetation.
According to Cal Fire, crews are slated to carry out the prescribed burn between 7 a.m. and 1 p.m. Tuesday to Thursday at the edge of the Santa Rosa Plateau Ecological Preserve.
The operation will be concentrated close to the intersection of Cleveland Forest and Tenaja roads, and it will only go forward as long as weather conditions permit.
“The project is aimed at eliminating non-native, evasive plant species, namely Star Thistle, and (promote) habitat restoration,” according to a Cal Fire statement. “In addition to the ecological benefits, the burn will serve as fire suppression training for Cal Fire engine crews, along with California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation inmate hand crews.”
The California Department of Fish & Wildlife will be supervising the operation, which officials acknowledged will result in smoke columns that are visible from Interstate 15, Murrieta and Temecula.
Residents and motorists should not be alarmed by the smoke, and Cal Fire asked the public to bear that in mind before calling to report a fire in the area.
Anyone with questions or concerns was asked to contact the county fire information bureau at 951-940-6985.
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