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Wildland Fire Training Exercise at Joseph D. Grant County Park

Smoke may be visible in parts of the South Bay
LOS GATOS, CA – Several local Bay Area agencies including Santa Clara County Fire, CalFire
and Santa Clara County Parks will conduct a live wildland fire training exercise on Wednesday,
June 18, 2014 and Thursday, June 19, 2014 at Joseph D. Grant County Park.
 
WHAT: Firefighters will conduct a combined Wildland Fire Ignition Operations training and resource
burn. Firefighters will use drip torches, fusees, and other devices to conduct training in wildland fire
burning operations that are useful in the control of wildland fires and meet natural resource conservation
strategies and the control of non-native, invasive plants.
 
A burn plan has been prepared, reviewed and approved by numerous fire experts, and local regulatory
agencies, and takes into account a variety of environmental factors while emphasizing the safety of the
public and firefighters, as well as meeting natural resource prescriptions to meet the Parks Department’s
natural resource goals and conservation measures.
 
Decisions to carry out training and resource burns are based on predicted fuel and weather conditions.
Due to the location of the training site and prevailing winds, the smoke is expected to be sufficiently
dispersed before reaching populated areas.
 
WHEN: The training will take place this Wednesday and Thursday, June 18 and 19, 2014. Fire ignition
will likely take place between 10:00 and 11:00 a.m., or when burning conditions are met, and last until
4:00 p.m.
 
WHERE: Joseph D. Grant County Park in the eastern foothills of unincorporated Santa Clara County.
The address is 18405 Mt. Hamilton Road. Please meet in the main parking lot for the park if you plan to
attend.
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Media Contact: Tamara Clark, Santa Clara County Parks Department, 408-355-2215
Posted: June 17, 2014