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The Livermore-Pleasanton Fire Department (LPFD) announced live fire training burns at Sycamore Grove Park  

Sycamore Grove Park will be closed on 10/24 and 11/3 for these trainings.

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The Livermore-Pleasanton Fire Department (LPFD) announced that live fire training will occur on October 24th and November 3rd at Sycamore Grove Park in Livermore. Participants will include LPFD, CAL FIRE, and Alameda County personnel. 

Live fire training provides invaluable opportunities for agencies to work together coordinating resources and expanding knowledge for safer and more effective firefighting operations. This training will cover topics including fire behavior, fighting fire with fire, holding operations, and mobile attacks.

The upcoming live fire training is planned to burn approximately 25 acres of grassland in Lower Sycamore Grove Park.  Sycamore Grove Park will be closed during the burns for public safety.  Ignition is scheduled to occur between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. each day and smoke may be visible in the Livermore area.

Fire is a natural phenomenon in California and has many ecological benefits.

The LPFD works closely with LARPD to perform vegetation management at Sycamore Grove Park utilizing fire. The scheduled training will support LARPD programs for vegetation management, hazardous fuel load reduction, and wildlife habitat improvement by removing noxious weeds and fuel buildup.  These programs enhance the health of the park by promoting the growth of native grasses and flowers and reducing the severity of future wildfires.

Live burns produce significantly less smoke than wildfires and are planned in coordination with the Bay Area Air Quality Management District to minimize smoke impact on surrounding communities. Weather and air quality will be continually monitored to ensure favorable conditions for smoke dispersal throughout planned operations.

The training will be rescheduled if conditions are not conducive to safe burning operations or air quality.

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