Pile burning may continue for several days, and some smoke may be visible from across the Salt Lake Valley. Fire crews will monitor burn piles following ignition. Before conducting prescribed fires, including pile burns, the BLM Utah coordinates closely with the Utah Division of Air Quality to ensure proper conditions exist for smoke dispersal, and fire crews will monitor burn piles following ignition. More information on this pile burning project can be found at: www.utahfireinfo.gov.
The piles are a by-product of thinning projects conducted to reduce the risk of catastrophic wildfire to local communities by breaking up the continuity of the encroaching juniper woodland. BLM-Utah fire managers have completed similar thinning treatments over the last several years, which helps restore sagebrush ecosystems in the area, as well as reduce wildfire risk.
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