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October 24, 2011

Big Basin State Park Prescribed Burn - Update

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The California Department of a Parks and Recreation with the assistance of CAL FIRE, San Mateo-Santa Cruz Unit remain at scene of the successful Vegetation Management Prescribed Burn at Big Basin State Park.

The burn was initiated October 19th between Johansen Road, Gazos Creek Road and Middle Ridge in northern Santa Cruz County and southern San Mateo County.  The prescribed burn is well within robust containment lines and surrounded by roads.

Variable weather conditions have resulted in smoke dispersal over much of the San Mateo peninsula and northern Santa Cruz County.  Due to fluctuating winds, residence in both counties might experience occasional periods of smoke conditions over the next several days and is not cause for alarm.

The prescribed burn was conducted to regenerate and enhance natural resources, including old growth redwood stands, and protection against large, damaging wild land fires.  Resources will remain on scene, patrolling the fire area, until the burn is completely out.

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