Fire managers to conduct prescribed burns south of St. George

In this file photo shown for illustration purposes, a prescribed burn is conducted in Colorado, June 6, 2016 | Photo courtesy of the U.S. Forest Service, St. George News

ST. GEORGE — Fire managers for the Bureau of Land Management Arizona Strip District are planning to burn slash debris piles in an area 65 miles south of St. George near Mt. Trumbull.

Depending upon conditions, the burns will begin in November and last through April 2022, if weather and fuel conditions allow. The burns are intended to decrease future wildfire risk and protect cultural and natural resources.

Smoke may be present during the length of the project in this remote area. Smoke emissions will be managed in accordance with the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality regulations.

There are no closures anticipated, but public access may be restricted during ignition and periods of active fire spread to ensure public safety. Signs will be posted to notify the public. Pile burns will be conducted along County Road 5, north of Crosby Reservoir and south of BLM Road 717. Drivers are advised to use caution when traveling in the area of the project.

Prescribed burns must meet strict weather-related and environmental factors prior to ignition. BLM Arizona Strip fire staff will monitor on-site weather and fuel conditions and manage prescribed fire activity, before, during and after ignition operations.

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