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Central California District
Release Date: 11/06/13
Contacts: Michael Chiodini (831) 630-5029    
News Release No. CC-14-06

Bureau of Land Management to Conduct Prescribed Burn in Laguna/Sweetwater

The Bureau of Land Management's Hollister Field Office plans to conduct a prescribed burn in the month of November in southern San Benito County. About 100 acres will be burned in the Laguna Mountain/Sweetwater area to reduce hazard fuels and improve wildlife habitat.

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 conditions are not right.

The goal of the prescribed burn is 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 BLM Mitigation Battalion Chief Mike Chiodini.

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

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: 11-07-2013