Forest Service performing controlled burns in the Uintas this fall
The U.S. Forest Service has announced prescribed burns for three areas in the Uinta Mountains this fall.
Forest Service personnel began burning slash piles near Beth Lake Oct. 2, with the goal of reducing wildfire risk and improving wildlife habitat. The Beth Lake burn involves nearly 2,000 slash piles in the area, the agency said.
The latest controlled burns come as Summit County announced the fire danger has reduced from moderate to low countywide Oct. 4.
The Forest Service conducted burns in the Racetrack area last week, using a helicopter for aerial ignitions.
Smoke may be visible from Mirror Lake Highway, state Route 35 and US Highway 40 this fall. Check the U.S. Forest Service Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest Facebook page and Utah Fire Info before reporting fires.