If you see smoke in the Gabilan Range, don’t fret. It’s just a prescribed burn by Calfire.
The state fire agency is conducting the prescribed burn in the Gabilan Range east of Salinas on Tuesday and Wednesday to reintroduce fire to the ecosystem, which is meant to reduce hazardous fire fuels, according to a press statement from Calfire. The prescribed burn should remove brush and down woody materials to enhance safety.
“This type of exercise also provides valuable hands-on training for fire personnel in fire suppression activities while working safely in a controlled environment,” according to Calfire.
Smoke is to be visible from Hollister, the Santa Clara Valley, the Salinas Valley and various areas in San Benito County. Calfire will monitor weather conditions to consider postponement.