People have been seeing smoke rising off Angel Island on and they're tweeting about it, but it's all okay and it's not a wildfire. They're just burning piles of brush and dead trees to avoid the chance of wildfires later.
California State Parks is conducting prescribed pile burning with the help of Marin County Fire today in Angel Island State Park, and it's ongoing until 7 p.m. Wednesday. The fire agency tweeted on Tuesday that this controlled burn would be starting today, and would likely go on for "2 to 3 days."
"Do not call 9-1-1," they add.
⚠️ Controlled Burn Notification:— Southern Marin Fire District (@SMFDinfo) April 5, 2023
California State Parks in cooperation with the @MarinCountyFire is planning to conduct pile burning operations at Angel Island State Park, Wed, April 5, from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Do not call 9-1-1.
[ID: Archived photo of prescribed burn.] pic.twitter.com/x56TGDM9NQ
Mostly, people seem to be assuming it's a prescribed burn, and they're asking Twitter and local news stations to confirm.
(Prescribed?) fire on Angel Island right now, @KTVU @SFGate ? pic.twitter.com/edBAA8IuzS— Mich Uyttersprot 🇧🇪 🇺🇸 (@emich) April 5, 2023
Looks like there’s a fire on Angel Island. pic.twitter.com/6Iom8JauQw— SRO Martha Stewart (@Wagnerian) April 5, 2023
@KTVU is there a fire on angel island? I can see the smoke coming off of the east, facing side of it. pic.twitter.com/Rhzn7K2BxZ— Ariel Nava Photo (@arielnavaphoto) April 5, 2023
And NBC Bay Area sent their chopper out there to get a closer look.
No need to be alarmed. A planned prescribed burn today on Angel Island. Fire officials say please do not call 911. The burn today will help reduce the chance of brush fires in the summer. @nbcbayarea #SkyRanger over the scene. pic.twitter.com/ieYs9za2kE— Janelle Wang (@janellewang) April 5, 2023