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Interagency prescribed burns planned for Utah, Arizona throughout 2013

ST. GEORGE - Color Country Interagency Fire Management has announced plans to ignite several prescribed burns in southwestern Utah and northwestern Arizona this year.

These burns will be managed by various federal and state agencies including the Bureau of Land Management, the United States Forest Service, the National Park Service and the Utah Division of Forestry, Fire and State Lands. They are planned for this year but will only occur if forecasted weather conditions are favorable and adequate resources are available; portions of some of these burns may have already been completed or are multi-year projects.

The following table shows the prescribed fires, their location, size and managing agency.

Image provided by Color Country Interagency Fire Management

Image provided by Color Country Interagency Fire Management

Prescribed burns are management-ignited fires that are used to decrease the risks from wildfire to life, property and resources, to improve ecological process on both public and private lands and to meet agency-specific resource management goals.  Prescribed fire projects are conducted in a manner consistent with land and resource management plans, public health considerations and approved prescribed fire plans.

Color Country Interagency Fire Management is an organization of fire management officials in southwestern Utah and northwestern Arizona who promote safe and effective fire management through interagency cooperation. Since many wildfires and prescribed fires are of a multi-jurisdictional nature, interagency cooperation provides an ideal background for cohesive ecological, social, political and economical considerations for land management.

For more information concerning fire management in Color Country visit the interagency website or contact any of the following agencies:

Bureau of Land Management, Cedar City – 435-865-3000

Bureau of Land Management, St. George – 435-688-3200

Dixie National Forest – 435-865-3700

Zion National Park – 435-772-3256

Utah Division of Forestry, Fire and State Lands, Cedar City – 435-586-4408

Bureau of Indian Affairs, St. George – 435-674-9720

It is also time to begin spring cleaning projects to reduce wildfire risks to your property.  For information on how you can reduce wildfire risk to your property and increase the safety of firefighters, please visit the UtahFireInfo website.

Submitted by: Color Country Interagency Fire Management

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