Chuck Gordon of West Haven watches as smoke from a 1,200-acre wetlands fire rises in west Weber County on Tuesday. The blaze was a controlled burn in an effort to rid the area of phragmites, an invasive plant that grows so thick it prevents native wildlife and vegetation from flourishing. The burn was conducted as a collaborative effort by the Division of Air Quality, the Utah State Fire Marshal's Office and the Weber Fire District. The project was funded by the state Legislature.
Invasive plants going up in smoke
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