The Fishlake National Forest – Richfield Ranger District in partnership with the Utah Division of Forestry, Fire & State Lands, plan to implement 500-1,500 acres of prescribed fire on Forest Service administered lands, between Deep Lake and Signal Peak on Monroe Mountain, located in Sevier County.
Hand and aerial ignitions are expected to begin October 20, 2022. Efforts will begin in Unit 3 of the Signal Peak Prescribed Fire Project, and, if conditions allow, efforts will move into Unit 4. Fuels consist of aspen and mixed conifer.
Due to the location of the burn units, smoke will be visible. Signs will be posted on significant nearby forest roads and along state highways. An area closure is in effect, to protect public and firefighter safety during active fire operations. The following roads and trails are closed:
- NFS Road 080: boundary near Duck Lake to Forest Trail 984 near Deep Lake
- NFS Road 288: boundary near Annabella Reservoir to the junction of Forest Road 080
- NFS Trail 984: entire length
The prescribed fire team has selected the specific burn days based upon current fuel moisture, weather, and forecasted precipitation expected this weekend. The current weather forecast suggests high probability of precipitation late Saturday into Sunday, with approximately ¾” of precipitation, cooler temperatures, and higher humidity’s over the project area. Fall season brings cooler temperatures and precipitation, which are ideal for conducting prescribed fires. Each operation follows a specialized burn plan, which considers temperature, humidity, wind, vegetation moisture, and smoke dispersal conditions. All this information is used to decide when and where to burn.