Marin County Fire, in partnership with Marin County Open Space District (MCOSD) and Larkspur Fire Department, is beginning a pile burn operation at King Mountain Preserve in Larkspur. Operations are planned to begin on Tuesday, February 11th, and will likely continue through Friday, February 14th. The burns will be conducted between the hours of 10 a.m. and 3 p.m.
The pile burning operation is part of the larger King Mountain Fire Fuel Reduction Project, which is aimed at reducing the threat of wildland fire to the Larkspur community, as well as restoring native habitat on the slopes of the preserve. The piles burned by County Fire consist of non-native acacia, eucalyptus, and French broom. The removal of these non-native species will allow the native oak woodland to rebound while greatly reducing the fuel load in the preserve.
Marin County Fire only initiates pile burning on permissive burn days and under predicted favorable weather conditions to protect air quality and prevent smoke impacts upon neighboring communities. There may be some smoke resulting from the pile burning after the ending time of 3 p.m. A permit for this work has been granted by the Bay Area Air Quality Management District.
For more regarding this project or more information, please contact Supt. Tim Walsh at 415-473-4239, or Resource Specialist Matt Sagues at 415-473-2686.
Test burns will be occurring on February 7th.