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Gail Youngblood

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Fort Ord BRAC Environmental Coord...

Phone: (831) ***-****  
Email: g***@***.mil
Local Address:  California , United States
Army Corps
639 Howard Rd.
West Point , New York 10996
United States

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Employment History

  • Environmental Coordinator for the Base-Closure Office
    Army Corps
  • Base Environmental Coordinator
    Army Corps
  • Environmental Coordinator
    Base Realignment
  • Project Manager
    Base Realignment
  • Environmental Coordinator
    Fort Ord Base Realignment
  • Environmental Coordinator
    Closure Commission
  • Base Environmental Coordinator
    Closure Commission
  • U.S. Army
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Ord gets ready for burns - Local News -, 11 Oct 2002 [cached]
"Our (good) weather has gone south," said Gail Youngblood, environmental coordinator for the Army's base-closure office.
In the next few weeks, before autumn rains can soak the dry, rolling Fort Ord backcountry, base officials hope for optimum weather to stage the "prescribed burn."
Using fire at Fort Ord as a brush-clearing tool has been controversial for several years.Critics contend the clouds of smoke pose a health danger, but the Army says it's the safest way to locate unexploded ordnance.
That's a $300,000 undertaking by itself, Youngblood said.
Those ranges probably have the densest collections of unexploded shells, Youngblood said.
Low-flying helicopters, spraying a special fuel from torches, will ignite the fire in narrow strips, while other choppers and air tankers carrying water and fire retardant stand by.
After the brush is burned away, it likely will take cleanup workers a year to locate, detonate and dispose of all the unexploded duds on Ranges 43-48, Youngblood said.The total cost: $15 million.
There are 21 air-monitoring stations set up around the base, and the Army is offering to pay temporary relocation costs for people worried about smoke from the burns.About 75 families have registered for the relocation program.
"A good number of people seem to have some pretty serious health concerns," Youngblood said.
Once cleared, about 25 acres from Ranges 43-48 could be developed, but most of the land will be managed as habitat reserve.The ranges picked for burning over the next two years were deemed especially dangerous to potential trespassers.The Army expects to complete the ordnance removal work by 2005.
EnlargeSafety Officer Brad Olson points Thursday morning to some of the area that will be burned at the former Fort Ord Army base.Officials are waiting for favorable weather to begin the brush burns of 480 acres.
Gail Youngblood displays some of the types of unexploded ordnance at the former Fort Ord.
What's next
Army officials are waiting for ideal weather to stage controlled burns at Fort Ord.Officials say notices will be issued a week, three days and a day before the burns.
Up In Smoke : Monterey County Weekly [cached]
According to Gail Youngblood, the base environmental coordinator with the Army's Base Realignment and Closure Commission, a study in 2003 concluded that "the smoke from these fires is no different from any other smoke," she says."Truly."
"The nature of this burn is so very different," Youngblood says."First, the prescribed burn is set for only 60 acres.And we've also tripled the size of the fuel breaks from [a width of] about 50 feet to 150 feet."
Youngblood says Army officials will wait until the atmospheric conditions are just right before igniting the fire, in the summer or early fall.This means holding off from ignition until winds shift upwards and outwards, ready to pull the smoke out of the area.
But there is a downside to waiting for ideal conditions.Unlike years past, residents won't know about the burn until after it has begun.That's one of the main reasons the Army wants to eliminate the relocation program."It's going to be difficult, if not impossible, to give people timely notifications," Youngblood says.
The Army is accepting public comment on the proposal until March 29.While officials have received a few letters that are in favor of letting the Army off the hook as far as paying for the temporary relocation of residents, Youngblood says that the reaction so far has been "what you might expect."
Monterey County Herald | 07/13/2006 | County prepares for controlled burn, 13 July 2006 [cached]
Gail Youngblood, environmental coordinator for the Base Realignment and Closure Commission, said a decision on when to conduct the burn is near.
"We're starting to look at conditions," she said."We're ready to go with everything else."
Youngblood stressed the importance of waiting for just the right moment to start the burn.Monitoring fuel moisture levels and watching weather reports will help determine the ideal time, instead of setting aside a weeklong window for the prescribed burn, as was the procedure in 2003.
When the Army Corps of Engineers mobilizes its helicopters, it could be a matter of hours or days before the ignition begins, she said.
At that time, people on the relocation list would be notified via phone or the Internet.
Monterey County Herald | 10/23/2003 | Army, residents ready for Ord burn, 23 Oct 2003 [cached]
"I was encouraged when I hadn't gotten any calls by 6 a.m. this morning" to cancel the burn, said Gail Youngblood on Wednesday.Youngblood is project manager of the Base Realignment and Closure team, the group coordinating the cleanup of Fort Ord.
"We are not seeing a big rush of people coming in," Youngblood said."That says to me the community bulletins worked and people took the opportunity to get the information they needed, so that is good."
Residents had the choice of letting the Army make hotel arrangements for them or making their own arrangements at the Army's expense.Those who would still like to participate in the relocation program are advised to visit the Army's Environmental and Natural Resources Office today to let the Army know they would like to participate in the program, Youngblood said.
Monterey County Herald | 07/12/2006 | Relocation offered during Fort Ord controlled burn, 12 July 2006 [cached]
Those needing to make special arrangements for relocation sign-ups, including transportation to the meeting or relocation office, should also call those numbers, said Gail Youngblood, environmental coordinator for Fort Ord's Base Realignment and Closure office.
Building 4463, she said, is on the MST No. 2 bus line.
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