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Controlled Burns Postponed



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(Sacramento, CA)
Wednesday, January 11, 2012
Frank Mosbacher with the Forest Service says air quality conditions…and dry weather have forced crews to delay burning 1100 acres along the Mormon Emigrant Trail.

MOSBACHER: "Our fuels people are saying that it's dry enough now that we may have too hot a fire burn. So, it would be out of what we call, 'prescription.'"

Mosbacher says crews had been hopeful they could clear out the underbrush and fire fuel at the 6000-foot level, but believe they will now have to wait awhile. 
Typically the area is under several feet of snow at this time of year. 
 
CalFire says crews have responded to almost 50 more fires this year compared to January of last year.  In many places, outdoor burns have been suspended until further notice.
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