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Canyon Country District Office
Release Date: 10/10/12
Contacts: Jason Kirks , 435-259-2184  

BLM Plans Prescribed Fire for Fall and Winter Months

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Moab and Monticello Field Office’s and the Canyon Country Fire Zone will be conducting two prescribed fires this fall and winter on public lands in San Juan County. The burns are being conducted to reduce wildfire risk to communities, restore ecosystem health and maintain wildlife habitat. The prescribed fires include the following: 
  • Ray Mesa II is a ponderosa pine underburn located a few miles southeast of Old La Sal and the Woodlands at La Sal Subdivision. The burn is approximately 240 acres and will take two to three days to complete in the latter half of October.
  • Peters Point is a hand pile burn located eight miles north of Monticello adjacent to Highway 191. Dense pinyon and juniper trees were cut and thinned creating hundreds of small brush piles over approximately 700 acres. The piles will take several days to burn and ignition will begin when snow is on the ground.
Local firefighters from the BLM Canyon Country Fire Zone will staff the burns and monitor fire conditions. The prescribed burns will only be conducted under favorable weather and vegetation conditions in order to achieve desired fire affects and meet the burn plan objectives.

Smoke may be visible from Highway 191 and nearby residents for both burns. Most of the smoke will lift and dissipate during the warmest part of the day. Some smoke may linger over the burn areas and in drainages as temperatures drop during the evening.

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Canyon Country District Office   82 East Dogwood      Moab, UT 84532  

Last updated: 10-10-2012