From December 1 through June 1 2017, MMWD’s Watershed Maintenance crews will be burning piles of cut brush and forest slash to help reduce “fire fuel” on Mt. Tam.
Controlled burning of these piles of cut vegetation improves the overall forest health of Mt. Tam by reducing the risk of wildfires and creating more defensible space.
The first controlled burn was conducted today, on December 1, 2016 and took place on West Ridgecrest Boulevard near the Laurel Dell gate on MMWD watershed lands.
MMWD crews will continue to burn piles intermittently across 13 different watershed sites – BAAQMD (Bay Area Air Quality Management District) and weather permitting, through June 1, 2017. On each burn day, MMWD will notify the public, BAAQMD, and local fire agencies with the location and duration of the pile burning.
Controlled burn days will only take place on BAAQMD “permissible” days, which will be determined on the morning of the proposed burn and take into account local weather and air quality conditions.