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West Desert District Office
Release Date: 12/10/12
Contacts: Teresa Rigby , 801-232-9252  

Pile Burn Planned for Tooele County

Salt Lake City, Utah—Snow on the ground and favorable weather conditions may provide a window for the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Utah to burn brush piles in Tooele County over several days this week. BLM-Utah fire managers plan to burn approximately 250 acres of piles of juniper cuttings located five miles southwest of the community of Rush Valley. 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.

The BLM 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:

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West Desert District Office   2370 South 2300 West      Salt Lake City, UT 84119  

Last updated: 12-11-2012