Wilder Ranch controlled burns planned

To: UCSC Community

From: Patrick Goff, UC Santa Cruz Office of Emergency Services

Wilder Ranch State Park is conducting a series of vegetation management burns beginning today and going through the rest of the week.

Burn operations may occur on various days depending on weather conditions, resource availability, and fire activity in the region.

Smoke will be visible but is not cause for alarm. As with any controlled burn in the vicinity of UCSC, however, there is a possibility of smoke affecting the campus. Those who may encounter health problems related to smoke exposure should take appropriate precautions.

Controlled burns are one of the tools used to assist with habitat maintenance and reduction of fire hazard. Burning under prescribed conditions is beneficial for coastal grassland habitats to reduce non-native species and increase the abundance and diversity of California grasses and wildflowers.

For updated information on the schedule of this burn, please contact the California State Parks Department at 831-335-6318.