Thirty-nine acres have been burned on the lightning-caused Fork Fire, located in the South Warner Wilderness along the Middle Fork Parker Creek (T 41 N R 15 E Sec. 4). The Fork Fire has been managed using tactics that will improve wilderness characteristics in the area. The fire has provided the opportunity to remove much of the dead and downed fuels within that portion of the wilderness. The ultimate result will be a safer area and a healthier more resilient ecosystem.
Firefighters have been building control line and firing portions of the area using techniques that will provide for a slow moving, smoldering fire. The fire burns in a pattern that leaves patches of unburned vegetation on the ground. Other areas burn slowly leaving ash in place to provided rich nutrients to the ground.
The fire will also help to reclaim open area that has been encroached on by white fir trees. Open areas will allow stands of quaking aspen to reestablish. Aspen stands provide habitat and forage for insects, birds and mammals. Aspen trees struggle to survive in shaded areas under the white fir trees.