A California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (Cal Fire) Tuolumne-Calaveras Unit prescribed burn project on 280 acres of grasslands in the Salt Springs Valley between Valley Springs and Copperopolis has been postponed.

Cal Fire Battalion Chief Brenton Brown told the Enterprise Thursday the burn will take place at a later date, since engines were sent down south to respond to fires in San Luis Obispo and Fresno Counties. That left the agency with insufficient resources to conduct the burn safely.

Covering 280 acres of grassland, the intent of the project is to reduce the amount of Medusahead Grass, a “noxious weed,” and to provide live fire training.

Six Cal Fire engines, one Copperopolis Fire District engine, one Cal Fire hand crew and one Cal Fire bulldozer were initially assigned to the project.

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