Manti-La Sal National Forest Issues Closure Order, Continues Prescribed Burn in New Canyon within Sanpete Ranger District


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USDA Press Release

Price, UT, June 6, 2024 — Manti-La Sal National Forest fire officials continue to implement their spring prescribed burning program in the New Canyon area within the Sanpete Ranger District and issues closure Order Number: #04-10-1-24-1 to accommodate fire application within the area.

Prescribed burning operations will continue in the New Canyon area through Friday, June 7, 2024, with possibility of extending into the weekend. Fire officials plan to burn approximately 250 additional acres within the project area. As such, the New Canyon area will receive a closure order in effect from June 7, 2024, through June 10, 2024, unless rescinded. This closure is to encourage public safety as fire officials continue to work, you may view the New Canyon closure order and identifying map on the Manti-La Sal National Forest’s Alerts and Notices webpage at:

Prescribed burning is a proactive tool used to reduce hazardous fuels, which decreases the threat of high intensity, high-severity wildfires. It also reduces the risk of insect and disease outbreak, recycles nutrients that increase soil productivity, improves wildlife habitat, and supports aspen restoration.

Objectives of the New Canyon project are to reduce hazardous fuel loading, improve wildlife habitat, and regenerate declining aspen stands. Smoke will be visible within Ephraim and Sanpete County; however, it is not expected that the smoke will impact the residential areas in the lower elevations, as smoke should lift and dissipate quickly. All prescribed burns are subject to approval from the Utah Division of Air Quality. Members of the public may view approved prescribed fires at

For more information on the planned prescribed burns, please contact the Sanpete Ranger District Office at 435-636-3300, visit our website or follow us on Facebook: and on twitter:


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