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Living with wildfire in Emigration Canyon, Utah: 2022 data report

June 1, 2023

Located in North Central Utah, Emigration Canyon is a prominent and historic canyon that runs northeast from Salt Lake City into the higher elevations of the Wasatch Mountains. The Wasatch Range is characterized by steep, rocky slopes and 26-44 millimeters of annual rainfall, both of which contribute to a high threat of wildfire. The area’s landscape is diverse with oak woodland at the lower elevations up to a conifer forest type including ponderosa pine, Douglas-fir, and subalpine fir. The Utah Wildfire Risk Assessment Portal (UWRAP) rates the fire danger in Emigration Canyon as “Extreme.” Resultantly, the Utah Division of Forestry, Fire & State Lands, as well as adjacent land management agencies, have identified this wildland-urban interface (WUI) zone as a high priority. The Utah Division of Forestry, Fire & State Lands website describes WUI as “the zone where structures and other human development meet and intermingle with undeveloped wildland or vegetative fuels.”

Publication Year 2023
Title Living with wildfire in Emigration Canyon, Utah: 2022 data report
DOI 10.2737/RMRS-RN-98
Authors Julia Goolsby, Hannah Brenkert-Smith, Dax Reid, James Meldrum, Patricia A. Champ, Christopher M. Barth, Colleen Donovan, Carolyn Wagner
Publication Type Report
Publication Subtype Other Government Series
Index ID 70245117
Record Source USGS Publications Warehouse
USGS Organization Fort Collins Science Center