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Vegetation Pile Burns Planned in Southeast Utah National Parks and Monuments

Two male park rangers dressed in bright yellow fire jackets and red and yellow helmets supervise a large pile of burning vegetation.
Prescribed burn in Arches National Park.

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News Release Date: February 16, 2022

MOAB, Utah—Beginning February 21, 2022, and continuing through the end of March, park officials plan to burn piles of dead vegetation at various locations within Arches and Canyonlands national parks and Hovenweep and Natural Bridges national monuments.

These prescribed burns will consume accumulations of woody and herbaceous material left behind from exotic plant management and fuel reduction projects in the parks. Ignitions will occur only when environmental factors align to safely burn the piles.

Completion of each pile burn will take approximately two to three days followed by several days of monitoring and clean-up activities. Smoke from burn projects is expected to be minimal, but park staff will post advisory signs near project areas where smoke impacts are expected. Park officials urge visitors to drive carefully and watch for fire personnel and vehicles.

For more information about pile burns at the Southeast Utah Group, contact Jacob Suter, Wildland Fire Coordinator, at 760-774-2390.


Last updated: February 16, 2022

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