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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Mailing Address:

1 Bear Valley Road
Point Reyes Station, CA 94956

Phone:

(415) 464-5100
This number will initially be answered by an automated attendant, from which one can opt to access a name directory, listen to recorded information about the park (i.e., directions to the park; visitor center hours of operation; weather forecast; fire danger information; shuttle bus system status; wildlife updates; ranger-led programs; seasonal events; etc.), or speak with a ranger. Please note that if you are calling between 4:30 pm and 10 am, park staff may not be available to answer your call.

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