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U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR
BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT NEWS RELEASE
Central California District
 
Release Date: 09/28/09
Contacts: Mike Chiodini , 831-630-5029  
News Release No. CA-CC-09-92

Bureau of Land Management to Conduct Prescribed Burn in Condon Peak Area


The Bureau of Land Management’s Hollister Field Office plans to conduct a prescribed burn in the Condon Peak area of northern Fresno County. Forty to 80 acres will be burned in October/November, weather permitting.

Certain weather conditions - temperature, humidity, precipitation and wind - must be met for the prescribed burn to take place and control smoke. The prescribed burn will be conducted safely when the wind speeds are low and the weather is within the target ranges. It will be postponed if the right conditions are not met, Mike Chiodini, BLM Hollister fire mitigation specialist, explained.

The goal of the prescribed burn will be improve wildlife habitat and reduce hazard fuels (brush) in the area. The mosaic burn pattern will increase native ecosystems, improve water quality of the watershed, and help provide for public and firefighter safety.

“In addition, this will help prevent an uncontrolled wildfire in the future by creating a fire break in which a wildland fire will run out of fuel and be easier to contain. Prescribed burning is in accordance with the National Fire Plan to protect life and property, reduce fuel loadings and improve wildlife habitat,” Chiodini said.

BLM will conduct the prescribed burn in cooperation with other agencies and landowners including the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Cal Fire, local landowners and others.

For more information, contact Chiodini at (831) 630-5029, or visit the BLM Hollister Field Office, 20 Hamilton Court, Hollister, Calif.




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Last updated: 09-28-2009