Updated at 4 p.m. Nov. 27.
A brush-clearing controlled burn in the East County highlands was postponed today due to unfavorable weather, authorities reported.
Foggy conditions prompted Cal Fire to delay the 60-acre prescribed fire in the Fern Flat area of Cuyamaca Rancho State Park, since low clouds can trap smoke close to the ground, degrading air quality, said Mike Mohler, a captain with the state agency.
The operation, which had been slated to run from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., was tentatively rescheduled for Wednesday, Mohler said.
If you see smoke today over Julian, don't panic–a prescribed burn by Cal Fire has been set.
Smoke may be visible over areas in Cuyamaca also as firefighters and state parks personnel carry out a brush-clearing operation in the Cuyamaca Rancho State Park.
A prescribed burn is scheduled for 60 acres in the park's Fern Flat area off state Route 79 between Lookout and Pipeline roads from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., according to Capt. Mike Mohler of Cal Fire.
Mohler said smoke would be visible in the nearby communities of Julian, like Ramona, and Cuyamaca throughout the day.
A prescribed burn for brush clearing took place in a nearby area on Nov. 15, causing smoke that was visible from Ramona. These burns help clear areas that could potentially fuel large fires in the backcountry of San Diego.
–City News Service contributed to this report.