Firefighters to conduct 2-day controlled burn near Lake Skinner

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FRENCH VALLEY (CNS) - A controlled burn to clear excess vegetation just west of Lake Skinner in the French Valley area will be conducted over two days, beginning Wednesday morning. Firefighters will conduct a pile burning operation on five acres of land northeast of Auld and Borel roads within the Southwestern Riverside County Multi-Species Reserve, according to the Riverside County Fire Department, which advises residents and motorists not to be alarmed by the smoke. The operation is planned from about 6:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. on both days. "The pile burning operation is a part of a pre-fire plan to keep a major fire from moving onto the reserve," according to a fire department statement. "In addition, the fuel-modified zone will better enable the fire department to keep fires that mi
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