Forest Officials to Implement Sheep Creek Prescribed Burn

Release Date: Oct 18, 2017  

Contact(s): KJ Pollock (801) 558-8016


FOREST OFFICIALS TO IMPLEMENT PRESCRIBED BURN 

Salt Lake City, Utah, October 16, 2017 – Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest fire personnel plan to conduct a prescribed burn in the Sheep Creek area October 17, 2017 – December 31, 2017 when weather conditions allow.  The project area is located in Utah County, approximately 30 miles east southeast of Spanish Fork, Utah, and northwest of Soldier Summit from Highway 6.  The burn unit includes approximately 5660 acres. This prescribed burn is part of a vegetation project that included mechanical treatment in 2013.

By reducing hazardous fuels this project will help to minimize the risk of large-scale wildfires to private landowners, structures, and natural resources, while restoring fire-adaptive ecosystems. Another purpose and need for this project is to improve and maintain wildlife habitat, regenerate aspen stands and reduce encroaching conifers. 

The method used for these projects is called "prescribed burning" because the area will only be burned when certain pre-planned conditions exist.  Air temperature, relative humidity, fuel moisture, and wind speed and direction are some of the requirements that must be met before burning begins.  Prescribed burns will be ignited when fuel moistures and weather forecasts allow for good smoke dispersal away from population centers. 

Qualified fire personnel will use hand held drip torches, terra torch and or plastic sphere dispenser (PSD) devices from the edges of the road.  Engine and hand crews will monitor the fire area until it is completely out.  Smoke may also be visible during the burn and is expected to linger during the evening and early morning hours. The burn area, roads and trails leading into the burn area will be temporarily closed to the public on the day of the burn and possibly the day after for firefighters and public safety. 

This map shows the Sheep Creek Prescribed Burn Area Spanish Fork Ranger District