Controlled burn set for Friday
Deputy Chief Billy Alcorn
The City of Merced Fire Department will be conducting a controlled structural firefighting training exercise October 16, 2015 between the hours of 9:00am and 1:00 pm. These burns allow firefighter's to practice necessary skills regarding fire suppression and analyzing fire behavior.
The training burn will be located at 530 W. 13th Street in Merced, CA. During this training burn, traffic may be interrupted on 13th Street between M and Canal. The smoke produced from the burns is anticipated to move in a south east direction. Control burns allow firefighters to practice tactical decision making regarding fire suppression, hose line deployment, search and rescue efforts, as well as many other techniques that assist in the protection of life and property. These techniques are utilized under the direct supervision of highly trained and qualified personnel. 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 would like to give a special thanks to Sacred Heart Church of Merced for donating this property and completing all of the requirements to allow this building to be utilized for a training burn.