Prescribed burn planned for Natural Bridges

Park officials plan to burn piles of dead vegetation in Natural Bridges National Monument beginning the week of April 10, said the National Park Service’s Southeast Utah Group in a statement. Burns may occur through the end of the May as conditions allow.

The burns are being completed in order to consume existing accumulations of woody and herbaceous material from exotic plant management, fuel reduction, and general maintenance projects in the park, said the NPS.

Completion of these pile burn projects will take approximately two to three days, followed by several days of monitoring and cleanup activities. Smoke from the burn projects is expected to be minimal, but warning signs will be used near project areas where smoke may be observed.

Park officials urge visitors to drive carefully and watch for fire personnel and vehicles.

More information about these burns may be obtained by contacting Keith Krause, fuels specialist, at 970-529-5062.