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Controlled burn blazing in Rio Linda

Smoke can be seen over Sacramento as the Sacramento Metropolitan Fire District and Sacramento Area Flood Control Agency burn 55 acres of brush Friday in Rio Linda.
Smoke can be seen over Sacramento as the Sacramento Metropolitan Fire District and Sacramento Area Flood Control Agency burn 55 acres of brush Friday in Rio Linda. asorci@sacbee.com

The Sacramento Metropolitan Fire District and Sacramento Area Flood Control Agency are burning 55 acres of brush Friday near the intersection of Rio Linda Boulevard and Crystal Road. Smoke from the fire can be seen for miles.

Invasive weeds such as black mustard and yellow thistle have overrun native species, according to Metro Fire Cpt. Chris Vestal.

The burn, which began at 10 a.m. and is expected to go last until 1 p.m., is intended to create space for perennial grasses to flourish and mitigate future wildfires, Vestal said.

The department used lectures and fires in model houses to give firefighters a better idea of the importance of controlling open doors and windows.

Benjy Egel: 916-321-1052; @BenjyEgel

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