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OGDEN, Utah (AP) -- The Ogden Ranger District plans to begin prescribed burns in the Monte Cristo area of the Wasatcb-Cache National Forest. The burns will start Friday, weather permitting.
The burn area totals 26-hundred acres. The burn is designed is to improve aspen and mountain brush regeneration and to improve range and wildlife habitat conditions.
Qualified fire personnel will use drip torches and a helicopter to ignite fire in the designated areas. Engines and hand crews will monitor the fire until completed.
Motorists can expect short delays along Utah Highway 39 due to burning activities and possible smoke inversions.
Depending on weather, the lighting of these prescribed burns could take place through November.
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