Intentional fire burns are planned in areas of Bryce Canyon National Park, Superintendent Fred Fagergren said.

The burn projects will be conducted before warm summer days arrive to lessen the possibility of the fires spreading to other areas.Fagergren said the prescribed burns are aimed at reducing hazardous fuel accumulations, perpetuate natural processes in a fire-dependent ecosystem, and to provide protection from catastrophic wildfire. Heavy accumulations of dead and down wood fuels have accumulated in forests and natural parks along with encroachment of a number undesirable species of plants and trees.

Presently planned are burning of 1,203 acres on East Creek, 880 acres at Yovimpa Point and Agua, and 180 acres in residential areas.

Burning projects are also on the docket on the Dixie National Forest, announced Ranger Carl Guillette on the Powell Ranger District. Most burns will be north of U-12.