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Posted on: June 15, 2017

[ARCHIVED] Control Burn Planned at Lake Sonoma Dam

St. Helena, CA – The Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE), Sonoma-Lake-Napa Unit, in cooperation with local fire districts, will conduct a controlled burn at Lake Sonoma Dam on Thursday, June 15, 2017.  The projected time for the controlled burn is 9:00 AM through 4:00 PM.   The goal is to burn 80 acres, on the surface of the dam, which will allow the Army Corp of Engineers to inspect the face of the dam.

Controlled vegetation management burns are carefully planned and must meet strict criteria for ecological benefit, weather parameters, smoke management, and fire safety guidelines. When all conditions are met, trained wildland firefighters conduct the burn, while monitoring the set criteria, fire behavior, and designated fire control lines.   

“Training exercises are an invaluable experience for our personnel and cooperating fire agencies.” stated Unit Chief Shana Jones.  “The firefighters will be put through their paces working together on firefighting operations, fire attack and communications.  This exercise will provide an opportunity to enhance firefighting skills for personnel and volunteers”.

Fire agencies participating along with CAL FIRE are Healdsburg City Fire Department, Geyserville Fire Protection District, Cloverdale Fire Protection District and Dry Creek Rancheria Fire Department.

For more information about fire safety or controlled burning and its benefits, visit the CAL FIRE website or call your local CAL FIRE facility.

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