Fort Ord Burn Season Fires Up
August 1, 2012
Residents of Seaside, Marina and Salinas, don't be alarmed if the sky fills up with smoke again this fall.
The U.S. Army is planning one prescribed burn on the former Fort Ord this year—just as soon as weather permits. That means clear skies, temperatures between 45 and 90 degrees Fahrenheit and a couple of days with light winds. Historically, those conditions have aligned in mid-October.
The burn picks up where the Army left off in 2010; the 2011 burn was cancelled when "two types of large artillery projectiles were encountered on the surface," according to info site www.fortordcleanup.com, making the area unsafe to burn.
The burns help the Army locate and remove munitions and explosives from the former military base, and also give a boost to the rare, threatened and endangered plant species that depend on periodic fires.
This year, the burn is planned for Unit 10 of the Fort Ord Impact Area: set back from Seaside's General Jim Moore Boulevard and South Boundary Road.
Anyone interested in direct notification of burn plans can access the sign-up form via fortordcleanup.com/burnprogram, email Melissa.Broadston@us.army.mil or fax (831) 393-9188. New this year: Notifications by text message.