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Corps of Engineers invites public to meeting about former gunnery range

Published Nov. 1, 2012

CALIFORNIA CITY, Calif. − The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will host a public meeting Wednesday, Nov. 7 to discuss a Draft Proposed Plan that identifies preferred alternatives for remediation at the former Mojave Gunnery Range ‘C,’ a formerly used defense site located approximately four miles east of Mojave and overlapping into the southwest corner of California City. The meeting will be held from 6 to 8 p.m., at California City’s City Hall located at 21000 Hacienda Blvd., California City, Calif., 93505.

Meeting attendees will have the opportunity to learn about the site’s history, work the Corps has been and will be conducting, ask questions of Corps representatives, and submit oral and written comments. The Draft Proposed Plan is available for review at the Kern County Library - California City Branch located at 9507 California City Blvd., California City, Calif., 93505. The Public review period is scheduled for Nov. 1 to Dec. 1. A Decision Document with selected remedies and response to public comments will be completed in winter 2013.

The former Mojave Gunnery Range “C” covers 20,908 acres of land that is mostly undeveloped with the exception of the northeast portion that includes residential development. Used as a bombing and strafing range from 1944 to 1959, small arms ammunition, munitions debris and unexploded ordnance could be found in some areas of the site

If you suspect that you have encountered any military munitions, please follow the 3Rs of explosives safety: Recognize, Retreat, Report. Recognize you may have encountered a munition. Retreat from the munition. Do not touch or disturb it, instead move away carefully, walking out the same way you entered the area. Report what you saw and where you saw it, by calling 911.

For more information about the Public Meeting or the Proposed Plan, please contact Mr. Jay Field, chief of public affairs, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Los Angeles District, at 213-479-4368 or

Jay Field

Release no. 12-018