Mojave Gunnery Range “C” is in Kern County, California, and most of the property lies within the California City limits. The Army Corps of Engineers is monitoring the former training area through the Formerly Used Defense Sites, or FUDS, Program for munitions and explosives hazards that may remain from previous military activity. This page provides information on the Rocket Range 101 project, which is also known as Munitions Response Site 04, or MRS 04.
MRS 04 encompasses 289 acres and is located in the south-central portion of the Mojave Gunnery Range “C” FUDS. The U.S. Navy and Marine Corps used the range for rocket firing and other air-to-ground training between 1944 and 1951. Today the project area is largely undeveloped with some unpaved roads and is used for off-highway vehicle recreation, recreational target practice and seasonal sheep grazing. The majority of MRS 04 is owned by the Bureau of Land Management and the remaining portion is privately owned.
The Army Corps of Engineers began investigating the former Mojave Gunnery Range “C” FUDS, including MRS 04, in 1999. Munitions and explosives of concern and munitions debris from the following items were identified: small arms ammunition, projectiles, rockets, practice bombs and high explosive bombs.
In June 2018, the Army Corps of Engineers finalized the MRS 04 Decision Document, which records the selected remedial alternative as Removal of Department of Defense Military Munitions from the Surface with Institutional Controls to Protect Current and Future Site Users.
An Administrative Record containing project documents and reports for Mojave Gunnery Range “C” is available at the Kern County Library, California City Branch, 9507 California City Blvd., and at the Army Corps of Engineers, Los Angeles District office.