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Seeing smoke in the hills above Santa Barbara? Don't worry! It's from controlled burns

Santa Barbara County Fire Department
Santa Barbara County firefighters are conducting a series of prescribed burns in the San Marcos Pass area to try to reduce the area's wildfire danger.

Santa Barbara County Fire Department planning to burn seven acres of brush in San Marcos Pass area.

You could see smoke in some mountains on the South Coast this week, but firefighters say it isn’t a cause for concern.

A series of prescribed burns is taking place this week in the Santa Ynez mountain range above Santa Barbara. The burns are in the Painted Cave Road area.

The idea is to reduce fuel which could spread wildfires. If conditions permit, the goal is to burn about seven acres of brush and chaparral between now and Sunday.

The Santa Barbara County Fire Department is working with air pollution agencies throughout the region to try to minimize the impacts on air quality.

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.