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Controlled Burns Planned for Area of High Fire Danger

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    Controlled Burns Planned for High Fire Danger Area

    Fire crews will be burning brush behind Ramona Country Estates homes in hopes of creating defensible space this week. NBC 7's Greg Bledsoe explains the plan. (Published Monday, Dec. 8, 2014)

    Smoke will be seen hovering over part of San Diego County over the next several days.

    Cal Fire crews said Monday they will be burning piles behind homes in the Ramona Country Estates area in hopes of creating a defensive zone if a wild fire should spark.

    Smoke will be seen for several miles throughout the county, as crews work the next few days constructing the defensive zone in an area southeast of the San Diego Country Estates at the base of Mount Gower.

    The area is in a community with a history of wild fires. In 2003 and 2007, fires ravaged the country estates in Ramona.

    So residents like Dixie Chadwick welcome the controlled burning behind her house.

    “Fire is fire and it’s very dangerous and I really appreciate the work they’re doing,” Chadwick said.

    But it’s more complicated than setting the entire hill on fire, crews said. Crews had to start cutting and piling brush weeks ago -- and they can’t just burn it all.

    “Some of this is endangered itself and some of it is the habitat for some of the endangered species that live out there,” said Cal Fire Chief Burke Kremensy.

    If the weather cooperates, crews will continue the controlled burns for the next two weeks.