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Prescribed fire near Scofield on Sunday draws attention from residents county wide

A prescibed fire west of Scofield on Sunday caught some people off guard. The burn will last for a few days, but it may take a couple of weeks for the smoke to completely clear out of the area.

By RICHARD SHAW
Sun Advocate publisher

A prescribed fire that was set on Sunday west of the Scofield area drew the attention of many Carbon County residents on Sunday. The burn, which was supposed to start early in June but was delayed by the rain and other factors, filled the sky with smoke and some residents questioned what was going on. Officials conducting the prescribed burn had to wait until the temperature, humidity, wind speed, fuel moisture, and other factors were right so the burn could be conducted safely. Those conditions finally emerged on Sunday. The burn area is within the Fish Creek drainage located on the ridges west of Scofield Reservoir and is being implemented in conjunction with the Ferron/Price Ranger District of the Manti-LaSal National Forest and the Utah Division of Forestry, Fire and State Lands. The burn is expected to last approximately three to four days; however, the residual smoke will be visible for up to two weeks. The purpose of the burn is to improve aspen and mountain brush regeneration, by reducing mixed conifer that have encroached into the aspen stands. A helicopter and helitorch will be used to meet fire management and resource objectives. The helitorch aerial ignition activity will last approximately two days. According to the USFS prescribed fire is a proven tool used to accomplish a variety of resource benefits including improved wildlife habitat, vegetation regeneration, hazardous fuels reduction and to support ecosystem diversity. This burn is near an urban interface area west of Scofield Reservoir. This fuels treatment that will reduce the intensity and severity of future fires that could have the potential of impacting structures and public safety. Qualified fire personnel will burn in the designated area and will monitor the fire until it is completely extinguished. During the execution of the burn, the concern for public and fire fighter safety is making it necessary to close the burn area. The roads and trails that will be affected included the Fish Creek National Recreation Trail, Beans Ridge Road, Fish Creek/Little Bear Road, the Gooseberry Silver Creek Trail, the C Canyon Trail, the Fish Creek Campground and Forest Service Road number 221 from Beans Ridge Road to Granger Ridge. To hear and see more about the burn, go to breaking news at www.sunad.com to view the video on the prescribed burn.




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