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U.S. Forest Service burns hazards ahead of holiday weekend

Fire personnel with the U.S. Forest Service burned about 150 piles of hazardous materials on Wednesday near Samak, located northeast of Kamas.

U.S. Forest Service employees burned about 150 piles of hazardous fuels and brush in the Samak area on Wednesday ahead of the holiday weekend, according to the National Forest. Fire personnel created a fire break in the Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest and removed a significant amount of brush to reduce hazardous fuels to lower the risk of fire, according to K.J. Pollock, a public affairs specialist with the Forest Service.

"The fuel break went all the way across into Riley's Canyon," she said. "They also did a lot in the Samak area."

Fire personnel originally intended to burn the piles, located northeast of Kamas, between Dec. 20 and Jan. 4. However, Pollock said they removed all the slash piles on Wednesday.

"Our guys go in and burn it when conditions allow, even if there is snow on the ground," she said. "They had really good conditions and finished it early."