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Crews hope 'prescribed fires' will pay off later this summer

Published June 3, 2013 12:42 pm

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Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management crews are getting a jump of what they fear could be a bad summer for wildfires in Utah.

As of Monday, several prescribed fires — blazes intentionally set to both clear out potential wildfire sites and clean out undergrowth — were smoldering throughout the state.

The largest was the Little North Creek fire, covering an estimated 500 acres on U.S. Forest Service land about 20 miles north of Beaver. That blaze was ignited by crews on May 16.

The Cove Mountain fire, targeting about 200 acres of slash and debris from earlier timber-harvesting work, had been set in the Richfield Ranger District of the Fishlake National Forest on April 26.

About 10 miles east of Kamas, crews had set the Ponderosa Pine Restoration Project fire in March 28. It had scorched about 60 acres, according to the Interagency Fire Center.

All the fires were under control and had shown no recent growth. They were not reportedly to be threatening structures or personnel.

"They are all doing what we want them to do, things are going just fine," fire information officer Jason Curry said Monday. "No worries."

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