MMWD’s annual controlled burning operations are under way, with watershed maintenance crews burning piles of cut brush and forest slash to help reduce fuel loads on Mt. Tam. Burning these piles of cut vegetation reduces the risk of wildfires, creates more defensible space and improves the overall health of Mt. Tam’s forests.
We perform the burns during this cooler, damper time of year in order to safely remove fuels in advance of summer fire season. Pile burning only takes place on Bay Area Air Quality Management District “permissible” days, which take into account local weather and air quality conditions.
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