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Prescribed Fire in Olema Valley Scheduled for October 1, 1997

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Date: October 1, 1997
Contact: John Dell'Osso, 415-464-5135

Because air temperatures have subsided, a prescribed fire is scheduled for today, Wednesday, October 1, 1997 and will begin at approximately 10:00 am. The fire will be on a 30 acre site located in Olema Valley on the east side of Highway 1 near the McCurdy Trailhead.

The prescribed burn is part of an ongoing National Park Service effort to reduce hazardous fuels and to remove the invasive, non-native plant, scotch broom. Because control of the broom has been limited in the past, the quickly spreading plant has "crowded out" California native plants.

Prescribed burning has been an effective method in removing invasive plants from the Point Reyes National Seashore. Burning also provides other ecological benefits such as improved wildlife habitat, reduction of hazardous fuels, and an improved environment for native plant species.

The prescribed fire will only be conducted if weather and other conditions are favorable. The fire will be monitored and staffed by National Park Service.

-NPS-

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