The California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (Cal Fire) is planning to begin its major fire suppression project along Kings Mountain Road in and near San Mateo County's Huddart Park early in June.
The work will create what's known as a shaded field break; crews will clean up undergrowth while preserving the canopy of trees, said Rich Sampson, division chief for Cal Fire in Felton.
"It keeps it shaded, with the field moisture up and the temperature down, so it's wetter and cooler," Sampson said. "In a fire it keeps the flame out of the way so you can still use the road as an escape route."
The 70-acre project will begin near the intersection of Kings Mountain Road and Highway 35, and continue down to the eastern limits of the park.
The project has been approved by the California Natural Resources Agency and the California Department of Fish and Wildlife board will do a final review prior to putting out a request for proposal, Sampson said.
Sampson said there was a 20-acre fire a year and a half ago and a 5-acre fire 12 years ago at the site. In 1961, a fire burned 1,300 acres farther to the west of the park.
The project will take about two months to complete, Sampson said.