The project is expected to take 2- 5 days to complete and may occur throughout the winter/early spring whenever burning conditions are within prescription and smoke clearance is granted through the state of Utah.
In 2002 the road corridor leading into Old Irontown from highway 56 was widened, leaving behind debris piles of sagebrush and pinyon/juniper trees along the one mile stretch of right-of-way between the Dixie National Forest Boundary and the Old Irontown community.
The Pine Valley Ranger District of the Dixie National Forest is implementing this project to reduce potential negative effects from future wildland fire to the community of Old Irontown and Forest Service lands by eliminating these “jackpots” of fuel along the right-of-way. This project could enhance public safety by creating a safer evacuation route and could improve firefighter safety if the road were used as a defense/holding point during suppression of any potential future wildfires in the area. In addition to fire protection, the elimination of the unnatural piles from the landscape will also enhance the area visually.