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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 purpose of this burn is to reduce hazardous fuels between Golden Gate NRA and the town of Olema and to provide a refresher training opportunity for National Park Service, Marin County Fire Department, and local volunteer fire department wildland firefighters.
The proposed dates for the burn is sometime between June 28 and July 15, 2001. The 10-acre controlled burn will be conducted at the old Olema Christmas Tree Farm, located on the north side of Sir Francis Drake Highway around ¾ mile east of Highway One. This site has been used in the past for training exercises. Ignition will occur only if specific conditions are met and only during daytime hours. No burning will occur on weekends. Burning will be completed over a period of 1-2 days.
During the ignition phase of the project, the production of smoke will occur. Wind and weather will be closely monitored, both 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. Signs will be posted in the area. Also watch out for other drivers who may be watching the burning instead of the road.