Controlled burn to make Morgan Hill area smoky

October 16, 2011 12:47:51 PM PDT
Henry Coe State Park will be the site of a prescribed burn on Monday and Tuesday, the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection said Saturday.

The "Western Zone Complex" prescribed burn will take place -- pending weather conditions and approval from the Bay Area Air Quality District - on Middle Ridge Trail off of Hobbs Road, approximately eight miles northeast of Morgan Hill, CAL FIRE said.

Prescribed burns have been performed for decades and carry many benefits for public and natural resources, including watershed improvement, enhanced wildlife habitat and protection against large, damaging wildland fires, according to CAL FIRE.

Fire personnel said smoke would be visible from most Bay Area counties and possibly from Interstate Highway 5.