Fishlake National Forest, Richfield Ranger District Plans Several Slash Prescribed Burns

Contact Information:  Kelly Cornwall, 435-691-6001, [email protected] or Ryan McCollin, 435-896-1661, [email protected]

Planned Date:  February 1 – 28, 2022

Location: Cut and cured Pinion/Juniper will be burned throughout different areas on the Richfield Ranger District in Piute and Sevier Counties.

General Location: (Fire personnel will burn approximately 500-1,000 acres in each general location)

  • Gooseberry and Soldier Canyon
  • Salina Creek
  • Monroe Mountain, Little Table
  • Monroe Mountain, South Pine Canyon


  • Gooseberry and Soldier Canyon area: 38 52.389 N, 111 45.390 W
  • Salina Creek: 38 49.324 N, 111 31.394 W
  • Monroe Mountain, Little Table area: 38 24.214 N, 111 5.993 W
  • Monroe Mountain, South Pine Canyon area: 38 19.672 N, 112 1.094 W

Planned Actions:  Over the next few weeks, when weather conditions permit, the U.S. Forest Service – Fishlake National Forest plans to burn approximately 1,500 – 4,000 acres of activity fuels (slash) on the Richfield Ranger District, in Piute and Sevier Counties.  The areas targeted contain thick concentrations of scattered cut/cured pinyon and juniper slash from hand thinning efforts, on forest service administered lands.  District personnel will begin in the Gooseberry area first, then move into the Salina Creek and Monroe Mountain areas.

The Fishlake National Forest fuels reduction program involves mechanical, and hand thinning projects, removing trees to reduce forest density and improve forest health. While larger logs are removed for use, unmarketable limbs, saplings, and brush remain.  The scattered vegetation (also called slash), result from crews using chainsaws to thin the forest; machine piles result from using equipment and primarily consist of tree limbs left behind after marketable material is removed.  Slash burning involves igniting the scattered vegetation once it has had an opportunity to dry out.

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