Bureau of Land Management plans for a controlled burn at the Carrizo Plain National Monument


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Morning view of Carrizo Plain. Photo by Bob Wick, BLM.

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. — The Bureau of Land Management plans to conduct a controlled prescribed burn, as soon as next week, at the Carrizo Plain National Monument in San Luis Obispo County. Timing of the one-day burn will depend on weather conditions, air quality, resource availability and onsite observations. The project will cover roughly one-half acre, burning less than 10 piles of wind-blown downed trees, to remove available fuels that could feed wildland fire.

The burn is being closely coordinated with the San Luis Obispo County Air Pollution Control District. Smoke from the controlled burn is not expected to impact nearby communities.

The Carrizo Plain National Monument will remain open during burn activities. As a precaution, visitors should watch for wildland fire equipment and firefighters on the roads and be prepared to slow down.

For specific questions, please contact the BLM fire management staff or Carrizo Plain National Monument staff at 661-391-6000.

The BLM manages more than 245 million acres of public land located primarily in 12 western states, including Alaska, on behalf of the American people. The BLM also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. Our mission is to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of America’s public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations.