Prescribed Burn Program
Army's Prescribed Burn Program
Call (831) 242-7383 or toll free 1-800-852-9699 for burn updates.
The Fort Ord prescribed burn season begins July 1.
Register with the Direct Notification Program to be notified when a prescribed burn is imminent, and when a prescribed burn is started. Check this website or call the
toll free number for periodic updates.
If you registered for the direct notification program in previous years, you must re-register for the program in
2013 to receive notification. Community members can re-register for this program or update existing contact information by calling the toll free number or by completing the Direct Notification Program registration form (see instructions below). The Army will use contact information only to provide prescribed burn update information.
Direct Notification Program
The Army will notify the community when suitable conditions are
considered imminent and when a prescribed burn is started. Direct
notification will be provided by telephone, SMS text message,
and/or email for anyone who
registers to receive such notification.
You may register online
or by mail:
2013 Prescribed Burns: What's Been Completed and What's Planned
The Presidio of Monterey Fire Department has designated Units 7 and
10 for prescribed burning during the 2013 burn season. Unit 7 is 341
acres and Unit 10 is 327 acres. The map at the below shows the
location of Units 7 and 10 as well as the areas where prescribed
burns have been completed (shown in beige).
Thoe photo below the map
shows the preparation of Unit 10.
The Final 2013 Prescribed Burn Plan, including the burn prescription, air
monitoring plan and community notification plan, has been issued.
View the Final MRS-BLM
Units 7 and 10 Prescribed Burn Plan, Former Fort Ord, California
Site preparation, such as preparation of primary, secondary and tertiary
containment lines, removal of combustible surface debris where safe to do so,
and preparation of staging areas and access routes, will be completed before the
The Army has begun the registration for the 2013 Direct Notification Program.
After July 1, a burn will be conducted when conditions meet the burn
prescription. One or two prescribed burns may be conducted in 2013.
AIR QUALITY INFORMATION: The Monterey Bay
Unified Air Pollution Control District website is posting
Road and Trail Closures
Public roads will not be closed during the prescribed burns.
However, once the Army makes the decision to mobilize for a
prescribed burn, several of the trails and roads that are only
accessed by permitted vehicle traffic will be closed for a few days.
In general, we ask that pedestrians, equestrians, and cyclists stay
off the Fort Ord roads and trails that are south of Gigling Road.
Duration: 24 hours prior to ignition until mop-up
is complete (1-3 days)
Location of closures (see map below):
- Eucalyptus Road will be closed to all traffic (including pedestrians and
cyclists) from General Jim Moore Blvd. to Barloy Canyon Road
- Parker Flats Road will be closed from Parker Flats Cutoff to Eucalyptus
- All trails leading to Eucalyptus Road will be closed to all traffic.
- South Boundary Road at York School gate east to Laguna Seca will be
closed to all traffic.
What you can do to reduce exposure to smoke from prescribed burns
If you have concerns about what to do to avoid exposure to smoke, the following suggestions are offered:
If you have asthma or other lung disease, make sure that you follow your doctor's directions about taking your medicines and following your asthma management plan. If you have heart or lung disease, if you are an older adult, or if you have children, talk with your doctor about whether and when you should leave the area. You can download more information from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency website about
how smoke from fires can affect your health.
- Avoid strenuous work or exercise outdoors;
- Close up your home by shutting windows and doors;
- Air conditioning controls should be set in the "recycle" mode to prevent outside air from being drawn into your home;
- Drink plenty of fluids to keep your respiratory membranes moist;
- Seek medical care if breathing becomes difficult, and
- Consider using an over-the-counter nasal moisturizing spray (saline)
2011 and 2012: Cancellation of Prescribed Burns
In 2011, the Army began
preparation of two areas for prescribed burns by cutting containment lines.
During site preparation, two types of large artillery projectiles were
encountered on the surface, an unexpected event since these types of projectiles
are generally found several feet below the ground. The potential presence of
these items on the ground surface made these areas unsafe to burn. The items
encountered required a much greater safety setback distance than had been
anticipated. That distance exceeded the Army’s capabilities to conduct a safe
prescribed burn. Because of this, the vegetation must be cut to allow the safe
removal of MEC remaining in these areas. Once the surface MEC has been removed
from the areas and the vegetation grows back sufficiently to carry a fire, these
two areas will be burned to encourage successful recovery of the rare,
threatened and endangered fire-dependant plant species.
In 2012, the Army prepared
Unit 10 for a prescribed burn, however, the required conditions including
appropriate weather to conduct a burn did not align and a burn was not
The Army proposed a cleanup plan for munitions and explosives of
concern (MEC), including unexploded ordnance (UXO), in the 6,560-acre
portion of the historical Impact Area. Public comments on the proposed
plan were accepted during a 60-day public comment period from
June 28 to August 28, 2007. The Army and U.S. Environmental Protection
Agency (EPA), in consultation with California EPA Department of
Toxic Substances Control (DTSC), considered the public comments
and selected a remedy for the site. The selected remedy is described
in the Record
of Decision Impact Area Munitions Response Area Track 3 Munitions
Response Site. This document also includes the Army's responses to public comments.
The selected remedy (Technology-Aided Surface MEC Remediation with
Subsurface MEC Remediation in Selected Areas) will involve the following
- Prescribed burning to remove vegetation
- Surface removal of MEC from the entire site and subsurface MEC
removal in selected areas of the site
- Digital geophysical mapping
- Land use controls including a perimeter fence to manage and control public access
Toll Free Number
The Fort Ord Environmental Cleanup Program Toll
Free Number 1-800-852-9699 provides information on detonation
schedules, updates on prescribed burns and the opportunity to speak to an environmental
staff person or leave a message.
You can also call the toll free number and request to be added to the Fort Ord Community Relations mailing list and receive monthly information packets in the mail. You can also request to receive notices by email. Simply provide your name, mailing address and email address when you call. Remember to specify that you'd like to be added to the mailing list and/or email notifications. The mailing packets and email notifications provide information about upcoming public meetings and community outreach events, updates on reports being issued for public review, details of planned construction activities and more.