Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
857 West South Jordan Parkway
South Jordan, UT 84095
Seldom does a wildland fire burn so hot that everything within the perimeter is left charred. Naturally occurring fire, such as one caused by lightning, generally leaves a mix of unburned, lightly burned, and more severely burned vegetation. This dynamic pattern of varied effects is referred to as a "mosaic".
The first two pictures were taken from the Mona Pole Road on the south end of the Bald Mountain Fire, showing the mosaic patterns of the burn. The 3rd photo is Payson Canyon, which saw light fire behavior in the area. The 4th and 5th photos are the Grotto. While the fire seems to have burned very hot through there, the rock formations remain minimally impacted, and there is still living vegetation that will help the area to recover. The last photo is of Maple Lakes. The fire did burn through the areas surrounding the lake, but overall the area remained fairly resistant due to reduced fuel loading.