Fire fighters conducting prescribed burn east of North Logan

Slash piles in Green Canyon (Courtesy: U.S. Forest Service).

LOGAN —Residents may notice heavy amounts of smoke near Green Canyon, as authorities conduct a prescribed burn. The fires are burning approximately four miles up the canyon and could continue for several days.

Toby Weed, with the U.S. Forest Service, said the 161 acre burn has been planned for years. It is intended to reduce the number of juniper trees in the area, and help restore the original habitat.

“This is a fuels project,” explained Weed. “They cut all the juniper trees down last summer. They piled them all up and they have cured, so they are ready to burn.”

Crews are planning on burning the slash piles through Thursday. The fires will produce visible smoke that will drift down the canyon and into parts of North Logan.

The fires were planned earlier this summer but had to be rescheduled because of weather conditions.  They should not prohibit any closures in the canyon.

Weed said that by burning the juniper trees, it will help prevent the threat of wildfires. It will also restore grasses and natural habitat that is more conducive to wildlife.

“The main reason here is to make the mule deer habitat better. The mule deer don’t like the junipers, compared to the forbs and grasses that will grow, with the trees gone. So, it is better for the game really.”

Crews plan on conducting similar fires in Logan Dry Canyon, east of Cliffside, and in Providence Canyon. Those prescribed burns are scheduled later this fall.

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