Cal Fire aims to wrap up pile burns near campus before fire season

To: UC Santa Cruz Community

From: Public Affairs

Cal Fire has advised campus officials that state fire crews over the next two weeks aim to wrap up the burning of vegetation piles they have assembled near campus, weather conditions permitting. 

The piles are on both sides of Empire Grade, north of Twin Gates. Smoke is not expected to be noticeable on main campus, though it will likely be evident on north campus. Persons susceptible to smoke are advised to avoid the area.

Cal Fire officials report that crews are making progress on the burns, and expect to wrap them up by the end of month, which is roughly the start of fire season. 

The pile burns are part of an effort to control vegetation on and around campus, which reduces fire risk. For more wildland fire information including campus prevention efforts, visit the UC Santa Cruz wildland fire resource page