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HILLS BURNED AS PRECAUTION.



Byline: Lisa Van Proyen Daily News Staff Writer

Firefighters are purposely pur·pose·ly  
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With specific purpose.


purposely
Adverb

on purpose
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Adv. 1.
 igniting about 5,000 acres in the hills of Saugus for the sake of burning off high growth areas and to practice with their equipment, officials said Thursday.

Some 70 firefighters throughout Los Angeles Los Angeles (lôs ăn`jələs, lŏs, ăn`jəlēz'), city (1990 pop. 3,485,398), seat of Los Angeles co., S Calif.; inc. 1850.  County are tackling the blaze, which has left a thick layer of smoke across San Francisquito Canyon.

The control fire is meant to burn off areas at risk of burning out of control and to train firefighters and three inmate INMATE. One who dwells in a part of another's house, the latter dwelling, at the same time, in the said house. Kitch. 45, b; Com. Dig. Justices of the Peace, B 85; 1 B. & Cr. 578; 8 E. C. L. R. 153; 2 Dowl. & Ry. 743; 8 B. & Cr. 71; 15 E. C. L. R. 154; 2 Man. & Ry. 227; 9 B. & Cr.  ground crews, said Henry Rodriguez, an inspector with the Los Angeles County Fire Department Not to be confused with Los Angeles Fire Department.

The Los Angeles County Fire Department (LACoFD), serves unincorporated parts of Los Angeles County, as well as 58 cities and towns that choose to have the county provide fire and EMS services, including the City of La
.

The blaze, which charred about 300 acres by Thursday, was started Tuesday near McBean Parkway and Summerhill Lane. It likely will continue to burn through early next week, said Capt. Steve Valenzuela.

``Certain areas need to burn out vegetation because of the growth,'' Rodriguez said.

Six fire engines, a dozen ground teams and a water-dropping helicopter are assigned to the blaze.

Firefighters are battling the fire from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily, Rodriguez said.

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Photo: A Los Angeles County Fire Department helicopter drops water T hursday on a controlled burn Prescribed or controlled burning (back burning) is a technique sometimes used in forest management, farming, prairie restoration or greenhouse gas abatement. Fire is a natural part of both forest and grassland ecology and controlled fire can be a tool for foresters.  in Saugus. The fire was set by the department to burn off areas at risk of burning out of control and to train firefighters and inmate ground crews.

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Publication:Daily News (Los Angeles, CA)
Date:May 23, 1997
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