Prescribed burns in Utah on hold because of drought

The Daily Herald on Wednesday, June 04

The Associated Press

SALT LAKE CITY -- With conditions in Utah getting dry and hot early in the season, federal and state agencies have postponed some prescribed burns out of concern that they could become uncontrollable wildfires.

Normally at this time of year, the Bureau of Land Management, U.S. Forest Service, state of Utah and National Park Service would be lighting fires in targeted areas to eliminate dense undergrowth and reduce future fire danger.

However, this year fire managers are delaying the burns over several thousand acres near Circleville, Cedar City, Panguitch and Zion and Bryce Canyon National Parks until fall.

If dry weather persists, the Forest Service may postpone completion of an 800-acre burn near Escalante that was started this spring.

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