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Contact: Jennifer Chapman, 415-464-5133
Fire Management staff at Point Reyes National Seashore are planning two days of controlled burning next week along Highway One in the Olema Valley. Burning will be postponed if conditions are too wet, dry or windy, or if the air will not provide good smoke dispersion. The area to be burned is in two units that make up a total of 130 acres on the east side of Highway One, approximately 7 miles south of Olema, between the Randall Trail and Dogtown. These burns are part of a strategy to create fuelbreaks along major road corridors in the park where a wildfire will be easier to control. The target burn rotation for the Highway One burn units is every other year to reduce the invasive French broom population and maintain open grasslands in between large areas of dense forest on Bolinas Ridge and Inverness Ridge.
No road or trail closures are anticipated, however, there may be short traffic delays along Highway One while burning is in progress. Additional burning is also planned for Limantour Road and the Estero later this fall. To receive an email when the burn days are confirmed, contact the fire education office at 415-464-5133 or by email.