Burn will help to minimize risk of large-scale wildfires and improve habitat
BLM Utah West Desert District Office
Media Contact: Hannah Lenkowski (801) 977-4315 [email protected]
November 2, 2020
West Valley City, Utah—The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) West Desert District plans to conduct a prescribed burn of 900 acres in the Kyune Creek area between November 1 and November 12, as conditions allow. The project area is located in Utah County, approximately 18 miles north of Price, Utah, along Highway 6.
“The BLM is committed to managing wildfire risks by reducing hazardous fuels in the West Desert District through the use of mechanical treatments, herbicides to reduce noxious weeds, and prescribed fires,” said BLM West Desert District Fire Management Officer Geoff Wallin. “Since 2001, the BLM has treated 1,269,808 acres in Utah by utilizing these practices and has coordinated activities with the local communities, municipalities, federal partners, and stakeholders.”
This fire season, 312,215 acres of land in Utah have burned in wildfires. The Kyune Creek fuels project will reduce encroaching conifer stands, regenerate aspen stands, and restore ecosystem conditions that will reduce the potential for high-intensity wildfire. In addition, the BLM expects the project to result in an increase in the variety of vegetation types, provide for healthier watersheds, and improve habitat for terrestrial and avian wildlife.
Prescribed burns take place when fuel moisture, weather, and smoke dispersal ranges align to create favorable conditions. This fuels project was delayed by several weeks due to a very warm and dry October. Cooler temperatures, recent moisture, and weather predictions have led fire managers to identify this window as favorable to conduct the fuels project.
Ground and air support will be used in fire ignition. Even with perfect conditions, smoke will still be visible during the burn and is expected to remain in the area during the evening and early morning. Fire resources will be monitoring and securing the area to ensure any residual fire is extinguished.
For more details on the prescribed burn, contact the Dan Osterkamp at 801-977-4300. Persons who use a telecommunications device for the deaf (TDD) may call the Federal Relay Service (FRS) at 1-800-877-8339 to leave a message or question. The FRS is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Replies are provided during normal business hours.