Prescribed burn at Camp SLO


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Burning will not occur if weather conditions do not permit burning 

What:                Prescribed burn of 150 acres of grasslands and near base’s firing ranges. 

When:        Wednesday, May 27, 2015. The burn is scheduled to begin at 11:00 a.m. and conclude at 7:00 p.m. on a permissive burn day.   

Where:        Camp San Luis – Impact Area: The Impact Area sits on the east portion of the Camp and is east of the northbound Hwy 1 and south of Cuesta College campus in San Luis Obispo. 

Why:        The burn project is part of a Fire Hazard Abatement Burn at Camp San Luis Obispo to reduce the risk of a wildland fire during troop training activities. The burn will be conducted when the meteorological conditions are highly favorable to direct smoke away from potential population centers.  
Who:        Camp SLO, in cooperation with the CAL FIRE and San Luis Obispo County APCD, in order to minimize the smoke impacts on surrounding communities. Fire equipment assigned to this burn include six fire engines, two hand crews, one bulldozer and several supervisors; all from local fire stations. 

The burn is dependent on weather and air quality conditions that are favorable for smoke dispersal. 
If the conditions are not as desired, the burn will be rescheduled.


Prescribed Burn today in Salinas Valley

Prescribed Burn Planned for Election Day. MONTEREY COUNTY, Calif.
These things always worry me

MONTEREY COUNTY, Calif. – If you see smoke rising around the Salinas Valley on election day, don’t worry! Cal Fire says it’s conducting a prescribed burn in the area of Old Stage Road at Crazy Horse Road.

The burn is approximately 1,000 acres of brush and grass that is part of a plan to reduce flammable vegetation and will be visible from the Salinas Valley, Monterey Peninsula, Marina, North Monterey County, San Juan Bautista and Hollister Areas.

The burn is scheduled to begin around 10:00 a.m. and last until 5:00 Tuesday night with prime ignition planned between the hours of 12:00 and 3:00 p.m.

There will be 16 fire engines, 2 helicopters, 2 dozers, 4 hand crews and about 20 overhead personnel totaling roughly 150 personnel. Local Government cooperators include Carmel Highlands Fire Protection District, San Benito County Fire Department, Salinas City Fire Department, Monterey County Regional Fire District, Soledad Fire Department, Fort Hunter Ligget Fire Department and North Monterey County Fire Protection District.

CAL FIRE, along with the National Weather Service and Monterey Bay Unified Air Pollution Control District have worked cooperatively to plan this burn under the best weather conditions for this location.


10:30 am – Quite a bit of smoke, north east from Cone Peak. Also being reported from north east of the Big Sur Gorge Will see what I can find out.

Looks like it may be a continuation of the controlled burn from yesterday, which was shut down to prevent the smoke drifting due to onshore winds into the Monterey area. Unless I can determine otherwise, it appears this smoke may be the Ft. Ord prescribed burn which they lit off again today.

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From the Salinas Californian: “The U.S. Army may pick up today where it left off Tuesday morning after unexpected shifting winds halted controlled burns on former Fort Ord lands.

The Army is burning off brush that is helping to conceal old munitions from the fort’s days as a military training base. Tuesday’s fire lasted about an hour and a half before Army officials called it off at 11:15 a.m.

The U.S. Army Fort Ord Base Realignment and Closure Office said Monday it planned to burn two areas, one of 257 acres and the other of 196 acres, near Eucalyptus and Orion roads, about two miles east of Seaside.”