Controlled Burn seen above Murrieta and Temecula

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Firefighters conduct a controlled burn on the Santa Rosa Plateau. Valley News/ Riverside County Fire Department photo
Last week smoke arose from the hills above Murrieta near the Santa Rosa Plateau Ecological Reserve alarming local residents, but fortunately it was a controlled burn by Cal Fire that was announced earlier. The smoke that filled the Valley however is a reminder for all residents from local fire departments, Cal Fire and the U.S. The Forestry Department this year could be critical for a serious fire year and for everyone to clear space around their homes, be careful with any fires and report any smoke or fires immediately. The controlled burn above near Tenaja Road and the National Forest Boundary is one of others is a part of Cal Fire’s Vegetation Management Program – a fire prevention service with the goal of eliminating non-native grass as well as reducing the hazard posed by fl
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