Prescribed Burns

The 2017 burn season is over.  Priorities for the 2018 burn season (which begins July 1, 2018) have not yet been finalized.  In 2017, approximately 265 acres at Unit B and 143 acres at Unit C were burned in the northern portion of the Fort Ord National Monument and are complete. Direct notification will be provided by email, text, or autodialer telephone calls for those registered for the direct notification program.

The Army is conducting these prescribed burns to support the removal of unexploded munitions and explosives left over from the days when Fort Ord was used as a military training center.

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 this year.