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October 04, 2001
Military Department plans prescribed burns at Camp Adair
 
Camp Adair, Ore. - Under the direction of the Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF), the Oregon Military Department (OMD) is planning to conduct two small prescribed burns at the Camp Adair military training site the week of October 8, 2001. Camp Adair is located in northern Benton County on Rifle Range Road west of Highway 99W. 

Prescribed burning is being done in accordance with the recently completed Integrated Natural Resources Management Plan (INRMP) for the site. The plan calls for periodic prescribed burns in selected areas as a method for restoring and maintaining native oak and prairie plant communities. Increasing the natural biodiversity of the camp is one goal of the INRMP. This type of prescribed burning is similar to burns conducted at Bald Hill (City of Corvallis Park), Fort Hoskins (Benton County Park), and Finley National Wildlife Refuge (U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service).
 
Our plan for this fall is to burn one five-acre area of dry prairie and one six-acre area of wet prairie. These areas are located immediately adjacent to Rifle Range Road. Our objectives are to eliminate dead non-native vegetation, promote the growth of native plant species, and demonstrate that prescribed burning can be accomplished safely at this site with little or no smoke impact to nearby residences.
 
The burning is dependent on weather conditions. We hope to burn on Wednesday, October 10, but may need to burn on Tuesday, October 9 or Thursday, October 11. ODF will be in charge of the burn and will have at least three fire trucks and 1,700 gallons of water on the site. The local fire department has been notified and may also participate. We believe that the actual burning will last about one hour and result in very little ground level smoke.
 
For more information contact:
 
Gregg Mitchell
(503) 584-3851