A prescribed burn is in effect for South of Hollister and West of Paicines in San Benito County. Officials say Smoke from this burn is visible from Hollister Valley, Santa Clara Valley, Salinas Valley, San Benito County and Monterey County. Over 1,500 acres is being burned on private property in the Gabilan Range. This type of controlled exercise is an effort to reduce hazardous fire fuels, enhance fire safety and also provides hands-on training for fire personnel. This is the 3rd burn in this area to complete a multi-phase project of nearly 3,000 acres.