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Central California District
Release Date: 10/04/10
Contacts: Michael Chiodini , (831) 630-5029  
News Release No. CC-11-02

Bureau of Land Management to Conduct Prescribed Burn in Laguna Mountain and Condon Peak Areas

The Bureau of Land Management’s Hollister Field Office plans to conduct prescribed burns this fall in northern Fresno and southern San Benito counties. Fifty acres will be burned in the Laguna Mountain area in mid-October, and 150 acres will be burned in the Condon Peak area in mid-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.

The goal of the prescribed burn will be to improve wildlife habitat and reduce hazard fuels (brush) in the area. The mosaic burn pattern will increase native ecosystems, improve water quality in 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 would 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,” said Mike Chiodini, BLM Hollister fire mitigation specialist.

BLM will conduct the prescribed burn with interagency and landowner cooperation 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.


Central California District   20 Hamilton Court, Hollister, CA 95023  

Last updated: 10-04-2010