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Control Burn Planned in Pope Valley - CANCELED


St. Helena – The Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE), Sonoma-Lake-Napa Unit will conduct a control burn, in Pope Valley, Napa County, on Friday, June 6, 2014.  The prescribed control burn will be located at Snell Valley Road, approximately 2 miles east of Butts Canyon Road.  The scheduled time for the control burn is between the hours of 8:30am and 12:00pm.

Prescribed vegetation management burns are carefully planned and controlled burns that must meet strict criteria of ecological benefit, weather parameters, smoke management and fire safety guidelines.  When all conditions (prescriptions) are met, trained wildland firefighters manage the burn while monitoring the set criteria, fire behavior and designated fire control lines.  

The benefits of low intensity fire in the natural environment are as follows:

  • Cleansing of the wild land debris.  Excessive dead and down branches, brush and small trees are burned converting fuels that are hazards in the summer into rich soil nutrients for larger species of vegetation.
  • Providing Habitat. Removal of decadent fuel encourages the growth of seasonal grasses and leafier plants which affords highly nutritional food and habitat to a wider range of animals.
  • Killing Disease.  Low intensity fire helps eliminate and control diseased plants and trees.
  • New Growth.  Controlled burning encourages the healthy growth of new plants, especially those fire dependent for renewal or seed dispersion.
  • Reduces opportunity for destructive fires. Prescribed controlled burns decrease the size and frequency of large uncontrolled destructive wildfires.  Prescribed burns are safer for firefighters and area residents.

For more information about fire safety or prescribed fire and its benefits visit the CAL FIRE website www.fire.ca.gov or call your local CAL FIRE facility.