Logan Ranger District implementing prescribed burn at Hells Hollow

Fire management personnel from Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest, in partnership with the Utah State Division of Wildlife Resources and the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, are planning to implement the Hells Hollow prescribed fire project located on the Logan Ranger District. The Hells Hollow prescribed fire project consists of 6 burn units totaling approximately 7,000 acres located 14 miles east of Logan, Utah (see attached map). Depending on weather conditions and fuel moisture, ignition of Burn Unit 1A and 2A, totaling approximately 4,000 acres, could take place September 1, 2009 through the end of October 2009. Hunters will need to check with the Logan Ranger District Office (435) 755-3620 to confirm when the Hells Hollow prescribed burn will be implemented. A number of hunters have expressed concerns about burning during hunting season. Fire managers recognize that hunters have concerns about burning during the hunting season, but point out that fire prescriptions are best met in early fall prior to the first major snowstorm. The burn areas will be closed to the public on the day of the burn and possibly the day after. The long-term benefits of prescribed burns will be of value to wildlife and hunters alike. Prescribed fire is a proven tool for vegetation regeneration and hazardous fuels reduction. Jennefer Parker, Ranger on the Logan District, Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest said, “The primary purpose of this prescribed fire is to restore and maintain age-class diversity among aspen dominated stands. This will benefit wildlife, such as elk, moose and mule deer and to restore and maintain age-class diversity among sage brush dominated stands.” However, to meet resource and safety concerns, prescribed fires only occur when a specific set of conditions are met. “These conditions include air, soil and vegetation moisture levels, temperatures, wind directions and speeds, smoke dispersal and expected fire behavior,” said Parker. “The prescribed fire will only be ignited when fuel moistures and weather conditions will allow the smoke to dissipate or drift away from communities near the burn area.”

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