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Crews to complete controlled burn near Lake Skinner


Last updated 6/20/2019 at 9:39am

FRENCH VALLEY - Riverside County fire crews were slated to finish a controlled burn just west of Lake Skinner in the French Valley area on Thursday, June 20 to clear hundreds of acres of excess brush, and residents and motorists were advised not to be alarmed by the smoke.

The 300-acre prescribed burn prompted 911 calls Wednesday reporting a wildfire near Auld and Borel roads, but dispatchers were able to allay the parties' concerns.

Crews are slated to return to the area this morning to complete the burn, provided weather conditions remain favorable, with minimal winds.

"The project is aimed at eliminating non-native grass, as well as the hazard posed by flammable vegetation,'' according to a Cal Fire statement. "In addition to the ecological and hazard reduction benefits, firefighters from multiple departments are provided the opportunity to participate in valuable wildland fire suppression training.''

Controlled burns have been carried out for the past several months countywide to reduce potential fuels during Wildfire Season, which usually runs into November.

Inmate hand crews are working alongside full-time fire personnel in the current operation, which is supported by the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California and the Riverside County Parks & Open Space District.

Anyone with questions or concerns was asked to contact the county fire public information bureau at 951-940-6985.


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