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Making Fire Sense on Monroe Mountains

In October 2023, Monroe Mountain in Utah's Fishlake National Forest underwent a deliberate and controlled burn, managed by the Richfield Ranger District, to reintroduce fire to the region. Unlike wildfires, this prescribed burn aimed to promote aspen regeneration, reduce potential fuel for uncontrolled fires, and serve as a testing ground for various scientific experiments.
This effort, part of the Fire and Smoke Model Evaluation Experiment (FASMEE), involved scientists from the Forest Service, NASA's FireSense project, and other organizations. The burn covered approximately 1,400 acres, contributing valuable data for over a dozen research projects. The decline of aspen trees in the region by 70% over the past 200 years prompted the need for intentional burns, as fire suppression allowed conifers to encroach on aspen stands.
The Monroe Mountain burn, closely resembling wildland fires, presented a unique opportunity for ecological studies, including investigations into bat responses to fire and assessments of post-fire aspen regeneration. The data collected, including soil moisture content and forest fuel load mapping, will inform firefighting strategies, smoke forecasts, and carbon and climate research.
NASA's participation in FASMEE, utilizing airborne data from three aircraft, marked a significant contribution to understanding fire behavior and smoke production. The goal is to enhance the use of prescribed burns for mitigating fire risk, restoring ecosystems, and safeguarding communities. FireSense aims to provide additional insights to fire managers, ultimately improving their decision-making processes and reducing risks for firefighters and communities.

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    • victorpatrick

      11 w

      An excellent illustration of proactive environmental management is this.

      • Abraham Jok Atem

        12 w

        This is a proactive step

        • Joyce Conner

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          The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) is the United States government agency responsible for U.S. space exploration, space technology, Earth and space science, and aeronautics research.

          • We Don't Have Time

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                Great Initiative!

                • Richard S

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                  • Princess

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                    This is a brilliant example of proactive environmental management.

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