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Wildfire rages in the Uintas

Firefighters watched almost 250 acres burn Sunday in the Uinta Mountains east of Kamas.

But they started the fire on purpose.

"It went real well and accomplished exactly what we wanted to do," said Larry Johnson, a U.S. Forest Service timber management coordinator, in a telephone interview. "What we’ll end up with is a mosaic of burned and unburned areas."

The Dahlgreen Aspen fire occurred in mostly eastern Summit County about 20 miles south of Mountain View, Wyo. Part of the fire occurred June 15 in southwestern Wyoming.

"There are roads all the way around it," Johnson said about the popular area of the Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest.

Forest Service officials hope the fire stimulates the regeneration of aspen trees that will in turn provide wildlife habitat and forage for livestock in the forest, Evanston Ranger District Steve Ryberg said.

"The burn also removed conifer trees and down and dead timber, which can add fuel for a wildland fire," Ryberg said in a prepared statement.

The fire left a healthy mixture of seedlings and mature forage, Johnson said.

"The Utah Environmental Congress was very interested in it and provided input during our analysis process," he said. "They decided not to appeal the Dahlgreen Aspen project because they felt like it was a worthwhile thing to do."

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