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Prescribed Burn Along Sir Francis Drake Highway near Olema Scheduled for Sometime Between June 21 and July 15, 1999

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Date: June 18, 1999
Contact: John Dell'Osso, 415-464-5135

Depending on weather and other environmental variables, the National Park Service is planning to conduct a controlled burn along Sir Francis Drake Highway. The proposed dates for the burn is sometime between June 21 and July 15, 1999. This 8-acre burn is in the old Olema Christmas Tree Farm, located on the north side of Sir Francis Drake Highway around ¾ mile east of Highway One. The purpose of this burn is to reduce hazardous fuels, continue with the site rehabilitation towards a natural state, and to provide a training opportunity for National Park Service, Marin County, and local volunteer wildland firefighters.

Ignition will occur only during daytime hours and there will be no burning on weekends. Burning will be completed over a period of 1-2 days. These days may not necessarily occur back to back.

During the ignition phase of the project, the production of smoke will occur. Wind and weather will be monitored prior to and during the burn, to help minimize the impacts of smoke to local residents. Burning will be done only on permissive burn days when atmospheric conditions allow for smoke dispersal. Traffic control along Sir Francis Drake Highway will be implemented if conditions (visibility) dictate the need.

If you are driving in the area, please exercise caution and watch for fire equipment and personnel working along the road. Also watch out for other drivers who may be watching the burning instead of the road.

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