LOGAN — Fire management personnel with the Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest will begin the second phase of a prescribed burn in the Saddle Creek area in Cache County between now and Nov. 19, weather permitting.
The burn area is in Elk Valley, approximately 5 miles north of Hardware Ranch State Park in the Blacksmith Fork river drainage.
The area and adjacent roads will be closed on the day of the burn and the day after. Hunters and other visitors should contact the Logan ranger district at 435-755-3620 for closure information.Comment on this story
The first phase burned 775 acres of sagebrush, and the second phase will treat 1,312 acres of sagebrush and isolated aspen stands. Of that, 586 acres have been treated mechanically, and the remaining 726 acres will be treated with the prescribed burn.
The aim of the fire is rejuvenate and restore vegetation for wildlife species such as elk, moose and mule deer. The project is also designed to improve forage for sage grouse while conserving nesting habitat for Brewer’s sparrow and help decrease the potential for high intensity wildfires.