U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIORBUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT
For Release: November 16, 2007
Bureau of Land Management to Burn Piles at Fort Ord
The Hollister Field Office of the Bureau of Land Management is planning to burn twenty to thirty brush piles at the Fort Ord facility beginning in mid-November and finishing by March, weather permitting. The exact date the piles will be burned is not known, but depends on weather conditions and the announcement of a “burn day” by local authorities.
The piles are part of the fuel reduction program associated with the construction of a fuel break system along the trails at Fort Ord. This fuel break system is designed to protect firefighters, help suppress wildland fires, and provide for public safety by reducing the threat of an uncontrolled fire in the area.
Depending on the weather, the pile burning may take approximately 10 to15 days to complete and light smoke may be visible. The piles of dry manzanita, each four to five feet high are expected to produce very light smoke and burn fast so as not to smolder overnight.
Fire Management Officer Mario Marquez said the burning will take place in the vicinity of Bunker Road. Visitors are advised to be cautious if smoke is present.
Fort Ord was an active U.S. Army post from 1917 until September 1994, when it was decommissioned. The BLM is responsible for managing approximately 7800 acres of land at the 28,600-acre facility.
For more information, contact Fuels Module Leader Jerry Martinez at (831) 394-2821.
Hollister Field Office, 20 Hamilton Court, Hollister, CA 95023