Cal Fire control burn in Redding aims to boost fire safety and enhance native vegetation

  • Source: KRCR-TV ABC 7 Redding
  • Published: 06/14/2024 12:00 AM

If you have been seeing smoke in Redding this week, don’t worry, it's from a controlled burn happening west of Westwood Village, off Highway 273. It’s part of the Gore Ranch Vegetation Management Project covering 840 acres of land on the Gore Ranch McConnell Foundation property. Resources from Cal Fire, Redding Fire, and the Shasta County Fire Department will all be assisting with the project. The prescribed burn has many benefits as Fire Captain Specialist for Cal Fire Matt Alexander explained to the Northstate’s News Tyler Van Dyke on Tuesday, including mitigating the risk of an even bigger fire coming through. "One of those is to protect the community of Redding and the outskirts in the county and this will help create a buffer and reduce the fuel loading that would cause an intense fire to come through. In the next few years with the maintenance of this fuel break, it will not be as intense and easier to control,” Alexander explained.


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