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Contact: Michelle Busbee, 435-719-2122
The burning of vegetation piles in Arches National Park, originally planned for late January and February, was delayed and is now expected to begin in late February and continue through March as weather allows.
These burns are being completed in order to consume existing accumulations of woody and herbaceous material from exotic plant management projects in the park.
Completion of these burns will take approximately two to three days, followed by several days of monitoring and clean-up activities. Smoke from the burn projects is expected to be minimal, but warning signs will be used near project areas where smoke impacts are expected. Park officials urge visitors to drive carefully and watch for fire personnel and vehicles.
More information about these burns may be obtained by contacting Keith Krause, Assistant Fire Management Officer at (970) 529-5062.
For more information on fire management in the national parks, go to www.nps.gov/fire.