Prescribed Burns


The Army’s selected remedy for cleaning up the 6,560-acre Fort Ord impact area 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.

FORT ORD PRESCRIBED BURNS PLANNED FOR 2016

The Army’s plans prescribed burn in three areas on the former Fort Ord in 2016: Units 11, 12, and 31.  The Army did not conduct prescribed burns in 2015 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 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.

Background

The Army’s selected remedy for cleaning up the 6,560-acre Fort Ord impact area includes prescribed burning to remove vegetation so that crews can perform surface removal of munitions.The remedy was presented in a proposed plan that was made available to the public June 2007. Public comments were accepted during a 60-day comment period ending on August 28, 2007. The Army and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, in consultation with the California EPA Department of Toxic Substances Control, considered the public comments and selected the remedy for the site. The selected remedy is described in the Record of Decision Impact Area Munitions Response Area Track 3 Munitions Response Site signed in May 2008 (see link below in Supporting Documents). This document also includes the Army’s responses to public comments.

Supporting Documents