Arches to conduct prescribed burns through Nov. 11

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Wildland firefighters work on a prescribed burn in Acadia National Park. Photo courtesy of the National Park Service/Wikimedia Commons

Park officials plan to burn piles of dead vegetation in Salt Valley Wash at Arches National Park beginning Monday, Nov. 11. Burns might occur throughout November, December and January as conditions allow, according to park officials.

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, officials said.

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