Fire
BLM District-wide Fire Management
Fire in Coniferous Forest
The fire program for the Price Field Office is managed by the BLM's Canyon Country Fire Zone (CCFZ).  The CCFZ administers fire management activities for the Moab and Monticello Field Offices as well, for a total of over 6.5 million acres of public lands.  Elevations in the district range from 4,000 to 12,700 feet with varying climatic zones and a wide diversity of vegetative types.

National fire management strategy over the past several years has undergone enormous changes and the CCFZ program has restructured to meet the challenge of expanding goals and objectives.  In general, the fire management program administers the following activities for the three field offices: fire suppression and aviation; fuels management including prescribed fire and non-fire landscape treatments; post-wildfire emergency stabilization and rehabilitation; and fire prevention and mitigation.  The CCFZ collaborates in all aspects of fire management with local and federal agencies including the National Forest Service, National Park Service, Bureau of Indian Affairs, Utah State Division of Forestry, Fire and State Lands, and community and county partners.  Details about ongoing and planned fuels management activities can be found in the fuels management section of this webpage, and up-to-date information on wildland fires in the Price Field Office area can be found at the Utah Fire Information website.


Price Field Office Fire Management

2003 South Ridge Fire, Price Field OfficeThe 2.5 million acres of public lands within the Price Field Office engage many aspects of the CCFZ fire program.  The public lands within the field office area average 18 fires a year, burning an average total of 613 acres each year.  High-acreage fires in the past ten years include the 2002 Price Canyon fire, the 2004 Big Canyon fire, and the 2006 Mathis fire.  There are several portions of the field office such as the Roan Cliffs that have the potential for significantly large fires.  Fire management decisions in the Price Field Office must consider many resources including extensive oil and gas development, coal mines, highway and railroad corridors, ranches and grazing land, private lands and infrastructure, areas with high density cultural resources, critical riparian and threatened and endangered species habitat along the green river, and wilderness study areas.
 
The wildland/urban interface (WUI) between private and public lands requires a management response to wildland fire that will protect human life and private property while also considering potential benefits to public lands from the natural ecological process of wildland fire.  The CCFZ fuels program collaborates on projects to mitigate hazardous fuels on public lands in and around the fourteen communities in the Price Field Office area that have been identified as at risk from wildland fire.  Since 2002, thousands of acres of hazardous fuels have been treated in the Price Field Office area through the use of prescribed fire and by mechanical means such as hand thinning and brushhog [bullhog].   More information on the fuels program as well as other aspects of CCFZ fire management can be found by clicking in the box on the right side of this page.