Smoke descending into the local area yesterday was coming from a lighting fire in the El Dorado National Forest. Depending on the wind the smoke could continue today. (Thursday) Public Information Officer Robert Rameriz says the fire started as a lighting strike. The Forest Service looked at the fire and felt they had been given an opportunity to reduce fuel loads on the Forest.
“They decided to manage the fire for multiple resource objectives and to get the benefit out of the fire; reducing fuel loading in the area and improving wildlife habitat and so forth since it wasn’t threatening any private land or structures or anything.”
Rameriz said the fire is three hundred and thirty acres in size; and they have a line completely area it. He also said there are several fire crews managing the fire. The smoke should slowly reduce as the fuel inside the controlled area is burned.