Fire crews to burn slash piles in Green Canyon

After phase 1, trees were cut and piled in Dry Canyon

NORTH LOGAN – The Logan Ranger District of the Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest plans to burn slash piles in Green Canyon beginning next week.

Smoke from the slash piles could impact the North Logan area near Green Canyon and residents will likely see smoke in the early morning hours for several days, according to Toby Weed, Public information Officer for the Logan Ranger District.

The piles were created by crews thinning juniper as part of the Three Canyons wildlife habitat treatment project, during the last two years.

Weed said there are several hundred piles cured and ready to burn. Crews are just waiting for the right weather conditions.

“We are looking for a window of weather that’s both clear and not too strong of a high pressure,” he said.  “We don’t want the smoke to settle down into the valley and we want to burn the piles without them getting rained on.”

The primary objective for this project is to improve mule deer habitat, according to a press release. Green Canyon is a municipal watershed, so establishing grass, forbs and shrubs will reduce nutrient and sediment loading, thereby improving water quality.

Junipers are notorious water guzzlers, so eliminating the trees will also improve availability for plant growth, groundwater and spring flow.

Weed is asking for residents to be patient during the next few weeks. “The main impact to the public will be the closures of the trails or the road at times,” he said.

Crews will also be burning slash piles in Logan Dry Canyon and Providence Canyon.

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