News short: Controlled burn makes for smoky skies

A controlled burn south of Riverside Drive raises a large plume of smoke, St. George, Utah, Jan. 14, 2016 | Photo by Julie Applegate, St. George News

ST. GEORGE – A controlled burn near the Dixie Center St. George is filling the sky with smoke but poses no risks to residents. Workers are burning piles of agricultural debris in an area east of the convention center and north of Riverside Drive.

According to the St. George Communications Center, there are controlled burns permitted today in the several locations in St. George: Loblolly Circle, Fir Circle, Beach Circle and Red Bud Circle.

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  • Pheo January 14, 2016 at 3:09 pm

    Okay. Maybe the smoke won’t kill me, but it is highly unpleasant for city residents. What overriding benefit to the community is there that people can befoul our blue skies like this? My son, who has a chronic lung disease, is also very sensitive to particulates in the air. I’m guessing he’s not going to keel over today, but repeated events like this cannot help.

  • hiker75 January 14, 2016 at 5:01 pm

    What an archaic practice! Does Washington County really want to be a first class tourist destination or not? This does not make a good impression on visitors. As a resident, I get angry that a handful of people can pollute our air. It is horrible. Aren’t there alternatives? Or are the alternatives too expensive?

  • IDIOT COMMENTERS January 14, 2016 at 7:34 pm

    the alternative is the incessant whining, as seen above

  • .... January 15, 2016 at 12:57 am

    Oh jeez what a couple of cry babies….go buy yourselves a ‘I Hate Smoke ‘ ladybug t shirt and shut up already

  • KarenS January 15, 2016 at 8:12 am

    Certainly St. George is a big enough city to eliminate the archaic practice of open burning in the city limits. It releases pollutants directly into the air in addition to the noxious (and unhealthy) smell. Depending on the direction of the wind movement, the smell (and pollutants) travel for miles. St. George has made great progress with the new recycling cans. We need to modernize the open burning laws.

  • .... January 15, 2016 at 11:42 am

    Oh geez another whiner..whaaaaaaaaaaa whaaaaaaaaaaa

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