Uintah Wasatch-Cache National Forest fire management personnel, in conjunction with the state of Utah, School and Institutional Trust Lands Administration, is planning to start implementing the Hells Hollow prescribed burn fire on Tuesday, October 2 and Wednesday, October 3.
The prescribed fire area is located 14 miles east of Logan and involves 1,280 acres of State of Utah, School and Institutional Trust Lands Administration lands and 3,000 acres of National Forest System lands. Depending on weather conditions the prescribed fire could take place any time from October 2-November 30.
The primary objective of the prescribed fire is to encourage the restoration of aspen stands where they are being encroached upon or replaced by conifer stands. Forest Service spokesperson Kathy Jo Pollock says aspen communities provide important habitat for various birds and mammals and are a significant portion of mule deer diets.
Additional benefits include restoring and maintaining age-class diversity among sage brush stands and providing modified fuel patterns for more effective, timely and safe suppression efforts.