MENDOCINO Co., 5/6/19 — Expect to continue to see smoke and haze around Mendocino County, as Cal Fire and local agencies conduct controlled burns as part of a series of “vegetation management projects,” (VMP), being conducted to reduce “fuel loads,” that is easily flammable brush, in a controlled way. These projects are carried out in an effort to reduce the risk of a major wildfire later in the fire season, and also restore an old natural pattern of smaller wildfires. Indeed, many species of plants in California flourish after wildfires and even require fire to germinate properly.
Tomorrow, Tuesday, expect to see more smoke coming from the hills west of Ukiah similar to Monday, and in Laytonville the burn will be taking place on Shamrock Ranch, southeast of town. Both burns are taking place on privately held land, with the cooperation of landowners.
Here are the details on the Shamrock burn: