Expect smoke and fire this weekend during south Placer fuel reduction project

South Placer County residents can expect to see smoke and fire Saturday and Sunday as area fire agenices and volunteer firefighters conduct a training exercise and fuel reduction project.

The project will involve burning approximately 150 acres of grass between East Catlett Road and Sunset Boulevard West, on a parcel just west of the Athens Avenue-Fiddyment Road intersection, according to a news release from CalFire’s Nevada-Yuba-Placer Unit. The area is north of Roseville and west of Rocklin and Lincoln.

Cal Fire will be joined by the Placer County Fire Department and Placer County Volunteer Firefighters. The activities will take place between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. Saturday. If significant fuels are left, crews will burn the remainder between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. Sunday.

The terrain allows crews to employ direct and indirect methods of firefighting and fire control, and provides agencies an opportunity to train cooperatively in incident command and fire ground tactical operations, according to the news release.

The project will reduce dry vegetation in the area that could fuel fires and create a fuel break to slow or potentially stop a wildland fire. The operation is intended to enhance fire safety, and protect lives and property in the area and surrounding community.

Conducting a prescribed burn in a controlled and planned manner, with resources on hand to manage the process, is one of the best ways to eliminate future risk of uncontrolled fire, the news release said.

To prepare for a wildfire, Cal Fire urges residents to review “Ready, Set, Go” procedures available online at and

Cathy Locke: 916-321-5287, @lockecathy