Manti-La Sal National Forest fire officials plan to implement their fall prescribed burning program in several locations across the forest, including the Sanpete and Monticello Ranger Districts.
As conditions allow, broadcast burning will be conducted on the New Canyon prescribed burn unit east of Ephraim in Sanpete County and on the Shingle Mill prescribed burn unit west of Monticello in San Juan County. Area closures may be implemented during ignition operations.
Prescribed burning is a proactive tool used to reduce hazardous fuels, decreasing the threat of high intensity, high-severity wildfires. It also reduces the risk of insect and disease outbreaks, recycles nutrients that increase soil productivity, improves wildlife habitat, and supports aspen restoration.
Smoke will be visible from these locations; 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 www.deq.utah.gov
For more information on the planned prescribed burns, please contact Sanpete Ranger District Office at (435) 283-4151, Ferron/Price Ranger District Office at (435) 384-2372, the Moab Ranger District Office at (435) 259-7155 or the Monticello Ranger District Office at (435) 587-2041. You can also visit our website www.fs.usda.gov/mantilasal, or follow us on Facebook: www.facebook.com/mantilasalnationalforest, on X: https://twitter.com/ml_nf and Utah Fire Info: www.UtahFireInfo.gov