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Backfires to be set against blaze burning in Big Cottonwood Canyon, closing some hiking trails

First Published      Last Updated Aug 20 2016 09:58 pm

Approximate location of the Mineral Fork Fire and planned backfires

Firefighters and the U.S. Forest Service on Monday plan to set backfires against a blaze that's burning in Big Cottonwood Canyon.

The Mineral Fork Fire has been slowly burning since lightning ignited it on Aug. 6 across from the Moss Ledge Picnic Area. The Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest on Saturday said it plans to conduct what it calls a burnout on Monday and Tuesday.

According to a press release, setting the backfires will help firefighters manage the Mineral Fork Fire, reduce fuels in the canyon and protect Salt Lake City's watershed. The Forest Service asks that onlookers not call 911 to report the fire.

The Mill B South Fork Trail and the Broads Fork Trail will be closed on Monday and Tuesday for the burnout. The Mineral Fork Trail will remain closed until the larger fire is contained.


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