Vernal Field Office Plans Pariette Wetlands Prescribed Fire

VERNAL, Utah- The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Vernal Field Office (VFO) is planning on implementing a prescribed fire in the Pariette Wetlands, located in Uintah County, Utah during the first part of November (weather pending). The project is in the southern part of Uintah County just north of Ouray and Pelican Lake.

Hank Barela, burn boss for the prescribed fire, says, "The Bureau of Land Management Division of Fire and Aviation is burning the southeast portion of Pariette Wetlands. The burn includes River Uteland water impound units totaling up to 500 acres. The wetland has gone without prescribed fire for many years, so the goal is to initiate a burn schedule consisting of ignitions during the spring and fall. These burns will help to keep the impoundments free of cattails and other vegetation maintaining 50% or more open water for waterfowl." During ignition, parts of the wetlands will be closed for safety. 

For additional information please contact or Hank Barela at 435-781-2741 or Persons who use a telecommunications device for the deaf may call the Federal Relay Service (FRS) at 1-800-877-8339 to leave a message or question for the above.  

This year, we invite everyone to reimagine your public lands as we celebrate 75 years of the BLM’s stewardship and service to the American people. The BLM manages approximately 245 million acres of public land located primarily in 12 Western states, including Alaska. The BLM also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. The agency’s mission is to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of America’s public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations. 

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