Control burn jumps containment at Montana de Oro
November 13, 2012
A Cal Fire control burn at Montana de Oro State Park is burning beyond containment after stronger than expected offshore winds pushed the fire across set lines onto Valencia Peak. [KSBY]
“We planned extensively for this prescribed fire and deployed our skilled firefighters to prevent an escape, but unfortunately the winds were more than anticipated and the fire jumped our lines,” Cal Fire Chief Rober Lewin told KSBY.
The escaped fire is burning about 25 acres in addition to the 430 acres Cal Fire planned to burn near Coon Creek in order to improve the habitat for wildlife and cattle and to clear out old vegetation. Cal Fire is working with State Park Rangers to fight the fire.
A large cloud of particulate matter from the burn blew over the South County Tuesday afternoon.