Burning pinyon, juniper trees near Scipio; smoke plumes over I-15

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FILLMORE — BLM-Utah West Desert District fire personnel will conduct a prescribed fire in the Valley Mountains at the end of October or early November depending on weather and burning conditions.

The Little Valley Prescribed Fire project area is located 8 miles southeast of Scipio, Utah. The project area is 658 acres and is expected to take several days to complete. Smoke from this prescribed fire will be visible to travelers on the Interstate 15 corridor. The BLM is coordinating with Utah Department of Transportation to post information signs.

In 2013, juniper and pinyon pine trees in the project area were cut, creating the wood piles that will be burned. This prescribed burn will reduce hazardous fuels near Scipio, help restore a fire-adaptive ecosystem and improve wildlife habitat and rangeland conditions. The Little Valley Prescribed Fire project is one of several vegetation treatments planned within the larger 26,500-acre Valley Mountains project area. These planned projects will also reduce the threat of wildfire to adjacent private and state lands.

Before conducting a prescribed fire, the vegetation moisture content and area weather forecasts are closely monitored. If weather and vegetation conditions do not meet the required parameters, prescribed burning will be postponed. A comprehensive prescribed fire plan is developed in advance to meet project objectives and provide for firefighter and public safety.

For more project-specific information click here.

Bureau of Land Management

The BLM manages more than 245 million acres of public land, the most of any Federal agency. This land, known as the National System of Public Lands, is primarily located in 12 Western states, including Alaska. The BLM also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. The BLM’s mission is to manage and conserve the public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations under our mandate of multiple-use and sustained yield. In Fiscal Year 2013, the BLM generated $4.7 billion in receipts from public lands.

Submitted by Bureau of Land Management

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