FLAMING GORGE RANGER DISTRICT
PLANS PRESCRIBED BURNING DURING Fall 2021
Vernal, UT, September 14, 2021 … Ashley National Forest fire management personnel plan to conduct prescribed burns on the Flaming Gorge Ranger District between October and December 2021, dependent on favorable weather and fuel conditions.
Currently there are numerous fires across the Western United States and resources are stretched thin.
The Ashley National Forest will NOT implement any burns until the following conditions are met.
1. National fire activity has decreased.
2. Adequate resources are available to staff the burn and stand by for contingency needs.
3. Fuel and weather conditions have moved out of critical conditions.
The prescribed burning will take place in the "D1 Ponderosa Pine Maintenance and Fuels Reduction Project and North Flank" areas. Burn units 15A, 15B, 13, 6, 12B, 12C, 5A, 5C, 7, 1, and North Flank units are being considered for burning this fall and would total approximately 3,393 acres. Several potential burn units lie directly adjacent to State Highway 44 and Highway 191. See attached map for burn unit locations.
Objectives for the prescribed burning include maintaining or improving the health of ponderosa pine stands; reducing fuel loading and decreasing the potential for larger wildfires in the future; and maintaining or improving sagebrush, browse, and forage species to benefit wildlife.
Prescribed fires only occur when a specific set of conditions are met. These conditions include air, vegetation moisture levels, temperatures, wind directions and speeds, smoke dispersal, and expected fire behavior.
Fire personnel will ignite the fires using a helicopter and/or hand lighting. Engines, hotshots, and/or hand crews will monitor the fire until it is completely extinguished. Smoke may be visible. Prescribed burning is expected to cause minimal impacts to areas or activities outside of the burn units themselves.
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