Prescribed Burns

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The Army’s selected remedy for cleaning up the 6,560-acre Fort Ord impact area and an 800-acre area in the northern portion of the Fort Ord National Monument includes prescribed burning to remove vegetation so that crews can perform surface removal of munitions. The Fort Ord prescribed burn season is July 1 through December 31, each year.


The Army’s plans prescribed burns on the former Fort Ord in 2017, however the priorities for 2017 prescribed burns have not yet been set.  The Army did not conduct prescribed burns in 2016 because the required combination of weather conditions, fuel moisture, and fire management resources, to meet the burn prescription, did not occur. The burn prescription was developed as part of the Army’s commitment to minimize the impact of prescribed burns to the local community.

The Army’s prescribed burns at Fort Ord are being conducted as part of the munitions cleanup program. Burns are conducted to both encourage recovery of endangered fire dependent plant species and to facilitate continued munitions clean-up. To protect sensitive species, the prescribed burn season is limited to summer and fall from July to December of each year.

Direct Notification Program

How to find out when we’re going to burn.

The Army’s direct notification program provides messages when a prescribed burn is imminent. Enroll in the Direct Notification Program (Click Here) and choose from notifications by email, SMS text message, a phone call or a combination of all three.  Messages are for mobilization, ignition, and completion. Note: Even if you registered in previous years, you must re-register for this year.