Blacksmith Fork Prescribed Fire Scheduled After Labor Day

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

Logan, Utah, August 30, 2019 – Logan Ranger District fire personnel will implement a 771-acre prescribed burn in Unit B of Blacksmith Fork project area, located in Card Canyon, about eight miles east of Logan.  Implementation may occur at any time between September 4th through October, weather permitting.  If conditions remain favorable, fire personnel will also plan to burn the 1,994 acre Unit C in Richard’s Hollow during that time frame.
            The purpose and need of this project is to regenerate aspen stands and reduce encroaching conifers.  In addition to this, prescribed fire will reduce hazardous fuels and decrease the potential for larger wildfires in the future.
Benefits of a healthy aspen forest include:

  • Improved habitat for wildlife and big game.
  • Helps prevent soil erosion.
  • Protects water sources.
  • Increase resistance to disease and insects.
  • Reduced quantity of volatile unhealthy, dead, and down conifer trees.

            Smoke will be potentially heavy at times in the Logan Peak area and surrounding mountains. Smoke may also drift into the Cache Valley area, during the evening and early morning hours.
            For firefighter and public safety the burn area, roads and trails will be closed to the public for short period of times on the day of the burn and possibly the day after. There may also be delays along the roads bordering the prescribed fire area, which includes Card Canyon, Cowley Canyon, Herd Canyon, Richards Hollow, and the Logan Peak roads that may impact hunters and other recreational users.
           Qualified fire personnel will use hand held drip torches and a helicopter to ignite fire in the designated area.  Engine and hand crews will monitor the fire area until it is completely out. 

Map shows the burn units on the Blacksmith Fork Prescribed Fire Logan Ranger District