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Brush fire hitting Central Coast, but it's intentional

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A planned burn is set for a ranch on the Central Coast between Buellton and Santa Maria

200 acre controlled burn intended to reduce potential brush fire fuel buildup.

You could see a huge cloud of smoke from a brush fire on the Central Thursday, but there’s nothing to worry about. It’s intentional.

The Santa Barbara County Fire Department has planned a 200 acre controlled burn for Barham Ranch, which is about four miles southeast of Los Alamos. The smoke should be visible to people traveling on Highway 101.

The burn is intended to reduce buildup of sage scrub and oak woodland which could fuel wildfires.

It’s coordinated with the Santa Barbara County Air Pollution Control District, and other air quality agencies to try to reduce impacts on the region.

Lance Orozco has been News Director of KCLU since 2001, providing award-winning coverage of some of the biggest news events in the region, including the Thomas and Woolsey brush fires, the deadly Montecito debris flow, the Borderline Bar and Grill attack, and Ronald Reagan's funeral.