Controlled burns near Pine Valley target dense brush

SAN DIEGO - OCTOBER 27: Firecrews light a controlled fire in an attempt to counteract the Cedar Fire October 27, 2003 near Lakeside in San Diego, California. The death toll stands at 13, with more than 1,000 homes being reduced to ashes as southern California fires continue to burn. Winds have eased a bit, but 30,000 homes remain threatened by the fires, which have charred more than 400,000 acres, according to officials. Davis, who has activated the National Guard, predicted damages will be in the billions of dollars. (Photo by Donald Miralle/Getty Images)

PINE VALLEY, Calif. —¬†Firefighters Thursday began a series of controlled burns that will clear potentially problematic combustion-prone brush off about 100 open acres in the East County highlands over the next week or so, authorities reported.

The prescribed fire in the Pine Valley area began late Thursday morning and initially will cover roughly 25 acres on Corte Madera Ranch, south of Interstate 8, according to Cal Fire.

The subsequent stages of the burn will take place following a brief spell of wet weather expected Friday, said Issac Sanchez, a fire captain with the state agency.

The operations are part off the Cal Fire Vegetation Management Program, which is designed to reduce brush that could fuel dangerous wildland blazes.