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Minimizing Fire Risk

Box Elder County road crews recently began the first phase to install a firebreak along the upper ridge of the BR mountain, which will help crews fight future fires. Workers began scrapping old vegetation last week with county bulldozers. The job is a cooperative effort between the county, Utah Division of Forestry, Fire and State Lands funded by a federal grant. It will take about eight days to rough in the 100-ft wide, five-mile long strip that extends from the county-owned gravel pit northeast around the hill to the bottom of the BR. The belt can be graded into the mountain in September and reseeded with high water content plants and other fire-resistant grasses that are slow growers. This firebreak serves a dual purpose, protecting not only protects homes on Radio Hill from wildfires but it also protects the mountain from fires that happen on the freeway or in homes.

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