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BLM plans prescribed burn at Price Canyon

The Bureau of Land Management plans another prescribed burn in the Price Canyon Recreation Area this fall or winter. The exact date will depend on weather and vegetation conditions and air quality. This will be one of several fires planned in Southeastern Utah this fall.

Fire managers use prescribed fires to reduce wildfire risk to communities, help restore and maintain ecosystem health and achieve specific resource objectives such as habitat improvement and fuels reduction. Prescribed fires give managers the greatest control over the size and intensity of a fire because they can time and plan the burning conditions under which they ignite.

Each prescribed burn has undergone an environmental analysis and has a detailed burn plan containing specific criteria regarding weather conditions and air quality that must be met to help ensure control of the burn as well as to minimize the potential smoke impacts to local communities. Smoke in the state of Utah is monitored by the Utah Division of Air Quality. Atmospheric conditions under which prescribed burns can be implemented have been pre-identified.

Smoke may be visible to nearby residents for all projects. Most of the smoke will lift and dissipate during the warmest part of the day; some smoke may linger over the area and in drainages as temperatures drop during the evening. The Price Canyon prescribed fire is a hazardous fuels reduction project located in Carbon County, approximately five miles northwest of Helper.

The prescribed burn consists of five separate burn units totaling 603 acres under native stands of Ponderosa pine. The emphasis of the prescribed burn is to improve forest health, protect campground infrastructure and increase public and firefighter safety. Ponderosa pine is a fire-adapted species which means fire plays an important role in sustaining and rejuvenating forest health. A low intensity under-burn will also reduce the amount of fuel and maintain the open characteristic of the pine stand.

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