Forest Service Planning More Prescribed Burns

Forest Service Planning More Prescribed Burns

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(Salt Lake City-AP) -- The U.S. Forest Service plans two more prescribed burns in northern Utah when conditions are just right.

Officials are being especially cautious after a prescribed burn near Midway on the Wasatch backside got out of hand last week.

That 600-acre burn spread into a raging 8,000-acre fire before it was fully contained.

Now forest officials plan to burn 1,500 acres on Boulder Mountain near Logan and 1,500 acres in the Monte Cristo region.

Forest service spokeswoman Kathy Jo Pollock says those fires could be set anytime this month -- when wind and temperature are down and humidity is up.

The burns will reduce wildfire risks, clear forest floors and pop pine cone seeds -- all good things for the forest.

(Copyright 2003 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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