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Central California District
Release Date: 10/24/12
Contacts: Chris Ryan , (661) 391-6107  
News Release No. CC-13-07

BLM Plans Prescribed Burn in Carrizo Plain National Monument

The Bureau of Land Management’s Bakersfield Field Office plans to conduct a prescribed burn in the northern section of the Carrizo Plain National Monument next week.

The 940-acre burn is located near the Goodwin Education Center, off Soda Lake Road. The burn should take one or two days to complete. The BLM’s target burn date is Tuesday, Oct. 30, but the actual date could vary depending on weather and smoke dispersal conditions.

The purpose of the prescribed burn is to remove grasses so that the area can be seeded with native species to aid in restoration. Smoke may be visible in the surrounding area, but should dissipate relatively quickly. 

Signs will be posted on either side of the burn on Soda Lake Road to alert visitors to the burn location. Visitors should watch for fire equipment on the roads and be prepared to slow down.  There may be short delays on Soda Lake Road, Painted Rock Road or Selby Road during the burn operations. 

If you have any questions about the prescribed burn, please contact the BLM fire management staff or Carrizo Plain National Monument Outreach Coordinator John Kelley at (661) 391-6000. 


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Last updated: 10-24-2012