Posted by: Stan Russell | September 12, 2022


Contact: Amy Palkovic
Environmental Scientist amy.palkovic
(831) 384-7420

Release Date: September 12, 2022


Monterey, CA – If you see smoke over Big Sur this week, it is likely a prescribed burn being conducted by CAL FIRE and California State Parks at Andrew Molera State Park.

Weather permitting, prescribed burning of approximately 88 acres is scheduled to begin on or around 9/14/22. The purpose of the project is to restore a healthy, resilient, fire- adapted ecosystem and to enhance native coastal prairie grasslands by reducing thatch and decreasing the number of woody shrubs growing in the grasslands. This burn will also enhance fire safety by removing heavy fuels. Fire is a natural part of the environment which helps achieve a diversity of plants and animals. In grassland ecosystems, fire also recycles nutrients, encourages reproduction, and enhances wildlife habitat.

This operation follows a specialized burn plan, which considers temperature, humidity, wind, moisture of the vegetation, and conditions for smoke dispersal. Smoke from prescribed fire operations is normal and may continue for several days after an ignition depending on the conditions and weather. Prescribed fire smoke is generally less intense and of much shorter duration than smoke produced by wildland fires.

Expect short delays along Highway 1 in the area of Andrew Molera State Park. Weather conditions will be monitored, and the burn may be postponed if burning conditions are found to be unfavorable.

To be added to the San Benito Monterey Prescribed Burn Notification List, email BEU.ResourceManagement.

For additional information on preparing for and preventing wildfires visit

Who: CAL FIRE and California State Parks
What: Prescribed Burn, 88 acres
When: September 14, 2022
Where: Andrew Molera State Park (Monterey County)

Download above press release here

Stan Russell
Big Sur Chamber of Commerce
PO Box 87
Big Sur, CA 93920
(831) 667-2100

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