Eureka controlled burn aims to remove invasive plants, discourage homeless encampments

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EUREKA, CA. – Eureka waterfront trail hikers had to find a new route on Wednesday.

That’s because a controlled burn kept Trousdale to Del Norte closed through the afternoon.

In an effort to remove invasive plants, Humboldt Bay Fire worked with the City of Eureka to burn about one and a half acres west of Vigo Street, along the southern edge of PALCO marsh.

Another goal was to clear dead and overgrown vegetation, to reduce illegal homeless encampments in the area.

“Dead vegetation, unfortunately, is a haven for folks to camp out in, and a recreational trail is not a good place for that to occur,” said Humboldt Bay Fire District 1 Battalion Chief, Sean Robertson.

Walkers are now welcome to head back out on the trail.