Controlled burns planned around Lake Perris Wednesday and Thursday

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PERRIS (CNS) – A series of controlled burns are scheduled Wednesday, May 12, and Thursday, May 13, around the Lake Perris State Recreation Area, and area residents and motorists are advised not to be alarmed by the smoke. According to the Riverside County Fire Department, the burns are generally planned between 6 a.m. and noon, targeting excess vegetation that California State Parks officials have requested be eliminated. The operations will have the added effect of restoring habitat for the Kangaroo Rat and burrowing owl, according to the fire department. Roughly 125 acres is slated for elimination, weather permitting. “Drift smoke may be visible from nearby communities, but will disperse quickly and is not expected to be a health hazard,” according to an agency statement. Pres
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