Last Army burn of season completed
Monday, November 16, 2009
The U.S. Army says fire crews are mopping up a controlled burn of nearly 200 acres on Fort Ord land today. This morning the burn created a huge, gray plume of smoke drifting northwest from Seaside.
This is the second area the Army has burned this fall to clear vegetation so that munition workers can safely remove unexploded ordnance from the former military basis. In early October the Army set flame to about 295 acres, unnerving burn opponents but avoiding a Peninsula smoke out like in past years.
In an email notice, the Army says today's burn was the last of the season. "Over 5,000 acres in the Fort Ord Impact Area remain where vegetation must be removed over the next 8 to 10 years," the notice says. "The Army will announce the locations of the 2010 prescribed burns In June 2010."