Old Woman South Prescribed Fire Update

September 27, 2023

Richfield Ranger District, Fishlake National Forest
Central Area, Utah Division of Forestry Fire and State Lands

Planned Action: As weather conditions allow, on September 27-30, 2023, the Fishlake National Forest and Utah Division of Forestry, Fire and State Lands plan to prescribe burn approximately 500-1500 acres of national forest and private lands in the Salina Creek/Old Woman Plateau areas near Accord Lakes in Sevier County. Both hand ignition and aerial ignition by helicopter will occur. The public can expect to see smoke and some fire from I-70 and other roads in the area. Please be cautious while driving as smoke may limit visibility.

Location: The project area is located in Sevier County east of Salina between I-70 and Accord Lakes. The project area is comprised of private land and lands managed by the Fishlake National Forest.

Project Purpose: The area is currently overgrown with thick vegetation which can create undesirable wildfire conditions. Prescribe burning in the area with a low intensity-prescribed burn will reduce this vegetation and therefore the risk of a high intensity wildfire that can be difficult to extinguish. The burn will also stimulate the growth of grasses and forbs which benefits many wildlife species including deer and elk. Current predicted weather conditions are favorable, especially with the forecasted colder temperatures this upcoming weekend.

Partnerships: Fishlake National Forest (USFS), Utah Division of Forestry, Fire, and State Lands (UFFSLs), Utah Division of Wildlife Resources (UDWR), Private Landowners, and Utah’s Watershed Restoration Initiative (WRI)

Contact Information: Leslie Auriemmo: 423-331-8967, [email protected]
Kayli Guild: 385-377-0336, [email protected]

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