Prescribed burn

The BLM will be conducting prescribed burns to reduce wildfire risk. 

Utah’s Bureau of Land Management is planning a prescribed burn over the next two weeks to help reduce some wildfire risk.

The controlled burn will take place on about five acres of public and private lands on Reservation Ridge in the southeast corner of Utah County, according to a press release from the BLM.

“The BLM is committed to managing wildfire risks by creating fire-resilient landscapes which help our firefighters be successful and safe,” said Kevin Oliver, the BLM’s West Desert District manager, in a press release.

The project is intended to establish a fuel break to protect the area from a wildfire by burning piles of brush and trees.

The controlled burn will be dictated by weather conditions, and fire crews will be monitoring and securing the area to ensure any residual fire is extinguished.

“The public may see smoke in the vicinity of the project and is reminded to avoid the burn area for the duration of the project,” the press release said.

The BLM encourages people to take the “Spark Change” pledge — an effort unveiled by the State of Utah and U.S. Forest Service earlier this spring to make people more aware of how they can avoid starting human-caused wildfires.

Matt Preston, with the BLM’s Salt Lake field office, told the Utah County Commission Tuesday that the project would slow down a catastrophic wildfire if it came into the area, giving firefighters a better chance of catching the fire.

The piles being burned have been removed over the past few years and put in piles to burn after they dry out, Preston said. Burning the piles will help create a flank that will allow a larger controlled burn of about 1,200 acres later this fall if conditions are favorable.

Katie England covers local government, the environment and southern Utah County for the Daily Herald. She can be reached at 801-344-2599 or kengland@heraldextra.com.

Katie England covers politics, county government and southern Utah County for the Daily Herald. She can be reached at 801-344-2599 or kengland@heraldextra.com.

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