Prescribed burns slated at Morro Bay, San Simeon state parks
–The California Department of Parks and Recreation has announced that there will be a three acre grassland prescribed burn at Morro Bay State Park and a five acre grassland burn at Hearst San Simeon State Park as conditions allow between Wednesday, May 29, and Friday, May 31. Active burning operations will occur between approximately 9 a.m. through 4 p.m.
The exact location of prescribed burning will be determined by weather conditions. The site at Morro Bay State Park is adjacent to La Loma Ave. near Quintana Rd. The site at Hearst San Simeon State Park is along the campground road between the upper and lower campgrounds near San Simeon Creek Rd.
Prescribed fire is being used to manage vegetation, restore natural ecosystem processes, and reduce the woody debris associated with dead and dying trees. Burning will introduce a natural disturbance to the ecosystem, reduce fuel loads, and encourage healthy plant communities. These burns will be the start of rotational burning and will establish an anchor point from which future burning can occur.
Once a site is determined fliers will be distributed to notify nearby neighbors of burn operations.