Prescribed burn planned west of Murrieta Wednesday

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FILE PHOTO: A firefighter with the Camp Pendleton Fire Department extinguishes a fire during a prescribed burn in the 52 Area of Camp Pendleton. U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Drake Nickels
MURRIETA - A controlled burn is planned tomorrow along the Santa Rosa Plateau west of Murrieta, and officials advised residents and motorists not to be alarmed by the smoke. Roughly 60 acres is slated to be torched by Riverside County Fire Department crews in the area of Tenaja and Forest Boundary roads. The operation is planned between 7 a.m. and noon, but will only proceed as long as winds remain calm. "This prescribed burn is part of a vegetation management program ... with the goal of eliminating non-native grass, as well as reducing the hazard posed by flammable vegetation, '' according to an agency statement. ``In addition to the ecological and hazard reduction benefits, firefighters are provided the opportunity to participate in wildland fire suppression training.'' Drift smoke
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