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Smoke from controlled burn alarms Castaic residents

Posted: May 13, 2013 10:22 a.m.
Updated: May 13, 2013 10:22 a.m.

Smoke from a controlled burn near Hasley Canyon alarmed some Castaic residents this morning, a Fire Department spokesman said.

Shortly after 9:30 a.m. Monday, officials from the Los Angeles County Fire Department began receiving calls about a fire near the California Highway Patrol truck weigh station in Castaic on the west side of Interstate 5, said Inspector Anthony Aikens.

“What they’re seeing is smoke from a controlled burn,” he said.

“Every year, we bring in bulldozers, set up fire lines and put hoses down,” he said. “Typically, we start at the top of the ridge and do a test burn to see if lighting a small area is OK. Then we progress to (igniting) larger strips.

“California, and particularly Southern California, are always predisposed to wildfires,” he said.

Controlled burns reduce the fuel in areas considered likely to burn so that a fire there during the height of wildfire season will be more easily extinguished.
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