OGDEN -- Weather permitting, Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forests fire and fuels personnel plan to burn slash piles starting Tuesday, Nov. 29.
According to a news release from spokeswoman Kathy Jo Pollock, fire personnel will burn approximately 40 logging debris piles in Big Creek, finishing the final 10 piles in the Strong's Peak project area on the Ogden Ranger District, and one large logging debris pile in the Horse Lake area on the Logan Ranger District.
Recent snow will help prevent fire from spreading to vegetation outside the piles.
During the pile burning, smoke may be visible from portions of the Weber, Cache and Rich County areas. Fire personnel will monitor the piles to ensure burn objectives are met.
Piles are made of stacked tree slash cut during thinning projects, the release states. Burning the piles returns important nutrients to the soil, completing fire's regenerative cycle. Thinning and pile burning are part of an ongoing effort to improve forest health and reduce fire hazard.