Phragmites burn on the Great Salt Lake

April 8, 2024

OGDEN (April 4, 2024) — Fire personnel from the Utah Division of Forestry, Fire, and State Lands attempted to burn 2,000 acres of invasive phragmites that had been previously treated with herbicide just outside of the Ogden Bay Wildlife Management Area on the Great Salt Lake. Due to unfavorable weather conditions that hindered fire activity, crews could not completely meet their burn objectives. Airboats and Marsh Master amphibious vehicles were utilized by fire crews to ignite patches of phragmites in the wetland area. Fire is one of the tools that land managers can use to help mitigate wetlands of invasive phragmites, promote the growth of native vegetation, and increase wildlife habitat. Forestry, Fire, and State Lands anticipate another opportunity to burn soon and hope it will achieve the objectives set out in the prescribed burn plan.

Read this story about the burn from FOX 13 News.