Riverside County Fire Department and the Regional Parks and Open-Space District will be conducting a prescribed burn this week.

They have about 51 piles of brush and slash, located in the Mt. San Jacinto State Park, to burn.

The burn will be between Tuesday and Thursday, Jan. 19 to 21. Actual time and date is subject to approval from the Southern California Air Quality Management District. The burn also is subject to the weather.

The burn, in Dark Canyon, is part of the Cal Fire Vegetation Management program and will reduce hazardous vegetation and wildland fuels in this area, which is considered to be at high risk for large wildfires.

The Cal Fire press release states, “Residents in the Poppet Flats, Pine Cove and Idyllwild areas and/or traveling on State Highway 243 may see drift smoke form 6:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. on the days of the burn.

“In the unlikely event you smell smoke, county officials urge you to take precautions and use common sense to reduce any harmful health effects by limiting outdoor activities,” Cal Fire added in the release.

For more information and questions, call Fire Capt. Michael Sebastian at the Mountain Resource Center, 951-659-3329.