Cal Fire begins a prescribed burn in the Gabilan Range east of Salinas

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A controlled burn started late Monday morning in the hills east of Salinas. The San Benito-Monterey Collection Fire Department is conducting a private property burn in the Gabilan Range. Crews are expected to burn between 500 and 1,000 acres, Cal Fire said. Smoke is expected to be visible in the Salinas Valley, Monterey Peninsula, Santa Cruz and San Benito counties. Officials said smoke could linger for days after the fire started. According to Cal Fire officials, researchers from San Jose State University’s Fire Weather Laboratory will conduct experiments during the controlled burn. This will be the first time scientists will be able to monitor a fire burning in a canyon with all of their instruments located in the canyon,” Cal Fire said. Their research will be used to improve wildfire forecasts and model fire behavior. Cal Fire said , that this prescribed burn is a continuation of burns it conducted on Oct. 19 and 20. Crews burned more than 2,000 acres in two days. The fire jumped containment lines on Oct. 20 and burned six acres outside the project area, Cal Fire said.

The prescribed burn began late Monday morning in the hills east of Salinas.


California’s San Benito Monterey Fire Department is conducting a private property burn in the Gabilan Range. Crews are expected to burn between 500 and 1,000 acres, Cal Fire said.

Smoke is expected to be visible in the Salinas Valley, Monterey Peninsula, Santa Cruz and San Benito counties. Officials said smoke could linger for days after the fire started.

According to Cal Fire officials, researchers from San Jose State University’s Fire Weather Laboratory will conduct experiments during the controlled burn.

“This will be the first time scientists will be able to observe a fire burning a canyon with all of their instruments located in the canyon,” Cal Fire said.

Their research will be used to improve wildfire forecasting and fire behavior modeling.

Cal Fire said this prescribed burn is a continuation of burns it conducted on Oct. 19-20. Crews burned more than 2,000 hectares in two days. The fire jumped containment lines on Oct. 20 and burned six acres outside the project area, Cal Fire said.

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