Controlled detonation continues at Camp Navajo

CAMP NAVAJO - Small, controlled detonations of unexploded munitions are scheduled within the boundaries of the Camp Navajo Open Burn/Open Detonation Area between the hours of 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. through May 21. This area is at least two miles away from the nearest home.

In the event of inclement weather, the event will be rescheduled for the next good weather day. Inclement weather includes snow, lightning or high winds.

Safety controls established prior to the detonation will assure the maximum public safety. When necessary, engineering controls will be used to minimize the blast and fragmentation. With these controls in place, there is no risk to residents of nearby areas. Specific procedures also will be followed to minimize impacts to bald eagles and Mexican spotted owls. A biologist from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services will monitor the detonation.

The National Guard Bureau, in coordination with the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality, is working on an investigation and cleanup of the Camp Navajo Open Detonation/Open Burn Area. Camp Navajo established a set of procedures to keep neighbors fully informed of actions, which might affect the community.


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