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You may see smoke coming from Santa Barbara County's mountains this week, but it's a planned burn

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A controlled burn to reduce wildfire fuel is planned for the San Marcos Pass area Wednesday and Thursday, weather permitting.
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Santa Barbara County Fire Department
A controlled burn to reduce wildfire fuel is planned for the San Marcos Pass area Wednesday and Thursday, weather permitting.

About seven acres of brush on San Marcos Pass set for brush reduction burns.

You could see smoke coming from the mountains above Santa Barbara later this week, but it’s nothing to worry about… it’s a planned burn.

The Santa Barbara County Fire Department is holding a prescribed burn in the Painted Cave Road area off of Highway 154 on San Marcos Pass. If the weather cooperates, about seven acres of brush will be burned Wednesday and Thursday.

It’s part of efforts to reduce fuel which could spread wildfires during high brush fire season.

The burn is being planned in conjunction with air pollution control districts in Santa Barbara, Ventura, and San Luis Obispo Counties, as well as the San Joaquin Valley APCD.