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Central California District
Release Date: 06/13/13
Contacts: David Christy (916) 941-3146    
News Release No. CA-CC-13-58

BLM Ukiah Field Office Plans Prescribed Burn at Payne Ranch

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Ukiah Field Office and the Sonoma-Lake-Napa unit of Cal Fire will conduct a prescribed burn June 18 or 26 in the Bear Creek area, assuming air quality and fire prescription conditions are suitable.

The burn will take place at the Payne Ranch near the intersection of highways 16 and 20 in Colusa County. Up to 300 acres may be burned.

"Our goal is to help control noxious weeds – yellow starthistle, medusahead rye and barb goatgrass," said Jeff Tunnell, BLM Fire Mitigation and Education Specialist. "Because of the nature of the weed control, this kind of prescribed fire always happens after the grass cures and the Medusa heads have produced seed. Generally this does not happen until late May or June."

"We conduct these prescribed burns near Bear Creek on a regular basis to control noxious weeds," Tunnell said.  "In light of the dry conditions this year, we will have extra resources onsite during the burn. There will be a minimum of one Cal fire hand crew, six engines and a dozer conducting the burn."

For further information, contact the Bureau of Land Management Ukiah Field Office at (707) 468-4000.


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Last updated: 06-26-2013