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Fire in Point Reyes National Seashore sends smoke across region

A controlled burn in the Point Reyes National Seashore on the Marin County coast Wednesday prompted calls about a possible fire in Sonoma County, emergency dispatchers said.

Smoke was visible in the southern part of the county Wednesday evening.

The controlled burn started Wednesday on 122 acres of the Historic N Ranch near Sir Francis Drake Boulevard and will resume Thursday, the National Park Service said in a press release.

Next week two parcels of land along Highway 1 - 80 acres near the McCurdy Trail and 35 acres near Dogtown - will be burned with park service and local firefighters monitoring the operations.

The burns are part of a park service effort to control Scotch broom and maintain open grasslands between large tracts of dense forest on the Bolinas Ridge and Inverness Ridge.

No road closures are expected, but there may be short delays along Highway 1 while the burns are in progress, the park service said.

You can reach Staff Writer Guy Kovner at 521-5457 or guy.kovner@pressdemocrat.com. On Twitter @guykovner.

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