Fire fighters conducting prescribed burn in Dry Canyon

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

LOGAN — Residents are seeing heavy amounts of smoke above the Cliffside neighborhood, as authorities conduct a prescribed burn. The fires are burning across 40 acres of Dry Canyon.

U.S. Forest Service fuels tech Milena Rockwood said they are burning piles of juniper trees that were cut down previously.  The controlled burn is a coordinated effort between the forest service and local firefighters.

“The piles were created last summer, for a project that is to improve crucial winter deer habitat,” explained Rockwood. “It will also allow access to firefighters if we ever have a fire up Dry Canyon.”

Crews are planning on burning the slash piles through Wednesday. The fires are producing visible smoke to the east of Logan. Smoke could remain for several days as the fires smolder.

Rockwood said the fires are burning mainly in national forest area but several acres are within Logan city limits. Crews will remain on the fires until they burn out and are leaving the nearby trails open during the prescribed burn.

“We’ve left the trail open, so people are free to come up. We may hold them for a second, if there are piles burning nearby, but there is smoke along the trail.”

Crews conducted similar fires in Green Canyon last month. Another prescribed burn is scheduled for later this fall in Providence Canyon.

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