Fishlake National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
115 East 900 North
Richfield, UT 84701
Richfield, UT – The Richfield Ranger District on the Fishlake National Forest plans to conduct a prescribed fire project in mid-late June on Monroe Mountain. The project is a continuation of similar prescribed fires that have been implemented as part of the Monroe Mountain Aspen Ecosystem Restoration Project.
The purpose of this prescribed fire is to help restore aspen ecosystems on Monroe Mountain by reducing conifer competition and stimulate new aspen sprouting across the landscape. Additionally, through the use of prescribed burning, hazardous fuel accumulations will be reduced, which in turn reduces the risk to life, property and natural resources, while promoting aspen regeneration.
Prescribed fire treatments will be implemented utilizing aerial and/or hand ignition over approximately 2,200-4,500 acres.
The project area is located 23 miles south of Richfield Utah in the Manning Creek and Big Table areas of Monroe Mountain.
To learn more about the Monroe Mountain Aspen Ecosystem Restoration Project visit https://usfs.maps.arcgis.com/apps/MapJournal/index.html?appid=6c17eb611f7a4578b5e28681ca684432
In conjunction with the prescribed fire, research scientists associated with the Fire and Smoke Model Evaluation Experiment (FASMEE) will be onsite using a variety of instruments and ground measurements, including pre- and post-fire fuels inventories, ground and aerial-based Light Detection and Ranging (LiDAR), infrared sensors, heat measuring instruments, weather balloons and smoke-sampling packages mounted on unmanned aerial vehicles or drones.
This array will be used to measure fuel loading, fuel consumption, fire behavior, heat release, plume dynamics, atmospheric profiles, smoke emissions and fire effects. The data gathered from these burns will be used to advance fire and smoke modeling systems. More information about FASMEE is available at https://www.fasmee.net/.
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