Prescribed burns planned for Arches

a prescribed burn in San Juan County
Prescribed burns like this one in San Juan County are taking place at Arches National Park this spring. Courtesy photo

Southeast Utah Group of National Parks officials began burning piles of dead vegetation in Salt Valley Wash Monday, Feb. 10. Burns can occur throughout February, March, and April as conditions allow, according to a statement from the group.

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.

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.

More information about these burns can be obtained by contacting Assistant Fire Management Officer Robert Smolczynski, at 970-529-5062.