The City of Merced Fire Department will be conducting a controlled wild land firefighting training exercise May 31st, 2016 between the hours of 9:00am and 4:00 pm. These burns allow firefighter’s to practice necessary skills and to reduce available fuels in preparation for the upcoming wild land firefighting season. This is a commonly used practice in the fire service.

The training burns will occur on a 16 acre parcel of land in the 1200 Block of West Yosemite Avenue.  The property is located Yosemite Avenue between El Redondo and Compass Pointe. The smoke produced from the burns is anticipated to move in a south east direction. Control burns allow firefighters to practice progressive hose lays, construct fire line by utilizing hand tools, and to use fire in a controlled fashion to help limit the spread of fire. These techniques are utilized under the direct supervision of highly trained and qualified personnel. Because of the drought, every effort will be used to minimize the use of water for extinguishment. The public will see numerous fire apparatus in this area as well as a columns and drifting smoke during parts of this exercise.

The City of Merced Fire Department was stablished in 1873 and is an all risk fire department. Firefighters respond from 5 strategically located fire stations and providing service to approximately 81,500 residents and the University of California Merced. For more information contact Deputy Chief Billy Alcorn at 209-600-2814.

Mike Conway

Assistant to the City Manager/PIO

209-385-6232 office