H-SANTA BARBARA COUNTY

Jan 23, 2013 4:56 AM by Katie Ferber, KSBY News

Control burn scheduled on 2,100+ acres in N. Santa Barbara County

Los Padres National Forest officials say fire crews will conduct a prescribed burn, weather permitting, on approximately 2,100 acres near Pine Canyon Road and Horseshoe Spring Campground on the Santa Lucia Ranger District.

The burn is scheduled to begin Wednesday. Smoke will be visible from the Santa Maria and Orcutt area.

LPNF officials say the area is approximately 15 miles east of Santa Maria near Pine Canyon Road south of Highway 166 and east of Tepusquet Road.

They say the purpose of the burn is to reduce hazardous fuels, lessen impacts of a future wildfire in the area, improve wildlife habitat, and enhance and protect the Lower Cuyama River watershed.

You may see residual smoke for up to two weeks.

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