Setting Utah's Dixie forest on fire -- in a controlled way

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Prescribed burning that has sparked controversy in past years got under underway again this week on southwestern Utahâ??s Paunsaugunt Plateau. Managers of the Dixie National Forest are deploying low-intensity flames to clear fallen limbs and vegetation layers from ponderosa forests at Ahlstrom Hollow, three miles north of Tropic Reservoir, according to Dixie spokesman Bode Mecham, who cautioned that smoke would be visible on U.S. Highway 89 and State Route 12 near Red Canyon. On Monday and again o...
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