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Controlled burn planned on Mendocino Coast

Firefighters on the Mendocino Coast Thursday will burn fields of gorse brush, warned fire officials who said smoke from the blaze could reduce visibility in the Caspar area.

The fire was scheduled from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. along Highway 1 in Caspar, which is north of the town of Mendocino.

Currently there is a burn ban in effect due to the season and weather. But the need to rid the area of gorse seeds and brush is high because of its potential fire danger, officials said.

Gorse, an aggressive weed, is highly flammable and has been a problem with fueling wildland fires in prior years, said officials.

Mendocino County Fire Safe Council obtained an agricultural burn permit for the blaze.

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