News Release

For  Release:  Monday, April 2, 2007        
Contact:  Jeff Fontana (530) 252-5332 or Larry Ames (707) 468-4000
CA-N-07-40

South Cow Mountain Area to be Clsoed During Prescribed Burn

The South Cow Mountain Off Highway Vehicle Area near Ukiah will be closed from today through Friday, April 6, during a prescribed fire project.  The closure could be extended into the weekend if the fire is not completely out.
 
The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE) will conduct the project only if weather conditions allow for safe and successful burning.
 
Information on the project and the recreation area closure is available from the BLM Ukiah Field Office, (707) 468-4000.
 
If adverse weather such as wind and low humidity postpone the project, crews will try to ignite the fire April 17-19.
 
Fires will be ignited in three research plots totaling about nine acres, according to Jim Dawson, a natural resource specialist for the BLM Ukiah Field Office.   The project is part of a five-year research effort by the University of California, Berkeley, to compare the effectiveness of prescribed burning against mechanical methods in generating growth of knobcone pine forests.
 
“The goal,” Dawson said, “is to eventually reduce the amount of dead vegetation and replace it with young trees that are less susceptible to fire.”  He said the project aims to find treatment options that are cost effective, repeatable, and have the least impact on air quality. 

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Ukiah Field Office     2550 North State Street     Ukiah, CA  95482