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LINCOLN, Calif. June 24, 2017 – Saturday June 24th, and Sunday June 25th, 2017, the CAL FIRE Nevada-Yuba-Placer Unit will be conducting a joint fuels reduction project and firefighter readiness exercise with Placer County Fire, Placer County Volunteer Firefighters and CAL FIRE personnel.

The scope of the fuel reduction project will involve the burning of approximately 150 acres of grass between East Catlett Road and Sunset Blvd West, on a parcel of land located just to the West of the intersection of Athens Avenue and Fiddyment Road. This joint project will take place between 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. on Saturday. If there are significant fuels remaining, crews will burn the remainder between 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. on Sunday.

The nature of the terrain within this area allows personnel to conduct direct and indirect methods of firefighting and fire control and will also allow allied resources the opportunity to train cooperatively in incident command and fire ground tactical operations.

The training will reduce hazardous fuels in the area and create a fuel break to slow or potentially stop a wildland fire. This will enhance fire and life safety within the area and the surrounding community. Conducting a prescribed burn in a controlled and planned manner, with resources preemptively on hand to manage process is one of the best ways to eliminate future risk of uncontrolled fire.

The public is encouraged to review Ready, Set, Go procedures to prepare for a wildfire at www.ReadyForWildfire.org and fire.ca.gov.