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The National Park Service at Lake Roosevelt National Recreation Area plans to conduct pile burns in four locations during November and December. Pile burns will occur at North Evans, Arrowhead Bay, Bradbury Beach and Rickey Point. The piles are the result of forest fuel reduction activities over the past few years that included removal of trees 6 inches or less in diameter.
The most likely time for favorable weather conditions will be from the first week in November to mid-December. Ignition is expected to occur over 1-2 days per burn unit. Some smoke will be seen and smelled in these areas for a few days following ignition. Firefighters will put out smoke for several days following a burn and will patrol areas as needed.
The primary objective of these prescribed pile burns is to decrease twigs, brush, dead needles and leaves adjacent to campgrounds and other facilities to reduce risk of fire spread to neighboring private residences and lands. Other benefits include: an increase of nutrients to trees, plants and grasses; and enhancing the aesthetics of these areas through the removal of piles.