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June 9, 2017 – On June 17th and 18th, the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE) Nevada-Yuba-Placer Unit, in cooperation with Beale Air Force Base, and Feather River Air Quality Management District will be conducting a large controlled burn on Beale Air Force Base (BAFB).

This burn will help to convert up to 800 acres of noxious weeds to native vegetation near Beale’s north western boundary about seven miles east of Linda. The actual date of the burn will be determined by the weather, fire activity, and burn day status.

BAFB and CAL FIRE are conducting this burn to allow firefighters to experience wildland firefighting tactics in a controlled environment, improve their wildland firefighting skills while reducing hazardous fuels and assisting to eradicate noxious weeds including yellow star thistle and Medusa Head.

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The burn will start between 8 a.m. and 10 a.m. depending on weather conditions and continue into the afternoon. Smoke will be visible from Highway 20, Browns Valley, Smartsville, Wheatland, Linda and surrounding communities.

Firefighters working in firing teams will work to control the fire’s intensity and ensure the fire progresses in a safe manner. Resources will continue to check the area for several days following the fires.