Unit 5 Update on the South Monroe Prescribed Fire

Unit 5 of the South Monroe Rx in Piute County
Aerial ignitions utilizing a helicopter and helitorch

Fishlake National Forest – Richfield Ranger District, estimates 1,900 acres completed yesterday in Unit 5. Ignitions went well and without any holding issues. Winds received on the South Monroe Prescribed Fire Project played a beneficial role in reducing the mixed conifer and dead and down fuels, to generate Aspen as part of the Monroe Mountain Aspen Restoration Project.

Today, crews plan to monitor the area and secure the northwest corner of Unit 5. No ignitions are planned.

Research cameras installed and in place within Unit 5

Research scientists associated with the Fire and Smoke Model Evaluation Experiment (FASMEE) Team was delighted with the data they collected during yesterday’s activity. Fuel, fuels consumption, fire behavior, plume dynamics, and smoke were all measured. This, in combination with the data collected from the pile burns and knob burns the previous two days will provide invaluable data for evaluating and advancing operational fire and smoke models.

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