Today, fire managers were successful in burning approximately 800 acres of aspen and mixed conifer in the project area between Upper Box Creek Reservoir and Manning Meadows Reservoir. The moist and cool temperatures provided good burning conditions to safely reduce hazardous fuels and help stimulate new aspen growth in the area. This prescribed fire also removed hazardous fuels that if ignited, could lead to catastrophic wildfire.
Researchers from the Fire and Smoke Modeling Evaluation Experiment (FASMEE) were also able to collect important information that will provide insight into better understanding fire. Fire managers plan to finish burning the remaining 600 acres tomorrow (10/10/23). This will then allow a few days for the fire to subside and the smoke to clear before the upcoming eclipse.