Cal Fire plans prescribed burn under Foresthill Bridge

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Residents can expect to see some smoke under the Foresthill Bridge Friday. Cal Fire Nevada-Yuba-Placer Unit is planning to conduct a 55-acre prescribed burn under the Foresthill Bridge at 10 a.m. Friday in cooperation with the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation, California State Parks, Placer County and the Cal Fire Vegetation Management Program, according to Chelsea Fox, spokeswoman for the Cal Fire Nevada-Yuba-Placer Unit. This is the third time in three weeks that the agency has rescheduled the burn, Fox said. “As long as the weather and incident activity/resource availability cooperate, we plan to hold the burn this Friday,” Fox said. The burn is slated to be located directly under the bridge in the Middle Fork American River Canyon, approximately one mile northeast of Auburn, Fox said. “Cal Fire is conducting this prescribed burn as part of an ongoing fuel reduction project to minimize potential wildfire risk,” Fox said. “The primary purpose is to reduce hazardous fuel below the Foresthill Bridge, allowing Placer County to safely perform ongoing seismic retrofit activities.” The burn serves several other purposes including: reducing the potential risk of fires caused by fireworks each year around the Fourth of July, giving firefighters a chance to experience wildland firefighting tactics in a controlled environment and providing a fuel break to stop or slow any potential future fires, according to Fox. Fox said the burn is expected to continue into the evening Friday and smoke will be visible from Interstate 80, Grass Valley Highway, Auburn, Foresthill and surrounding communities. ~Staff report