Cal Fire plans 55-acre burn under the Foresthill Bridge Thursday

Smoke will be visible from Auburn, Interstate 80 and surrounding communities
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If you see smoke billowing up by the Foresthill Bridge Thursday, don't be alarmed, it's a prescribed burn.

The California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (Cal Fire), in cooperation with the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation, California State Parks, Placer County, and the Cal Fire Vegetation Management Program, will conduct a 55-acre prescribed burn under the Foresthill Bridge.

Operations will start at 10a.m. and continue into the evening hours. It will consist of two burn units, one on the east side of the river and one on the west side. Smoke will be visible from Interstate 80, Highway 49, Auburn, Foresthill and the surrounding communities.

The prescribed burn will occur directly under the bridge in the middle fork of the American River canyon, approximately one mile northeast of Auburn.
Lake Clementine Trail will be closed to the public on Thursday and Friday (June 28-29) as part of the prescribed burn operation.

Cal Fire is conducting this burn as part of a fuel reduction project to minimize potential wildfire risk. The primary purpose is to reduce hazardous fuel below the Foresthill Bridge, allowing Placer County to safely perform ongoing seismic retrofit activities

Resources that will be used during the burn will include fire engines, hand crews, bulldozers and a helicopter to keep the fire within existing containment lines.

~ Staff report