Manti-La Sal National Forest
540 North Main Street
Ephraim, UT 84627-1117
Media Contact: Rosann Fillmore Phone: (435) 636-3525
EPHRAIM, Utah, May 17, 2018— Lightning started a small fire in Saul’s Canyon on the Sanpitch Mountain on May 14. It was discovered later in the week and fire crews began working on the fire May 16. The fire, which was at two acres on May 17, will be managed by fire crews to allow for the reduction of heavy fuels in the area. The pre-designated area of the fire will be 140 acres.
The fire is burning in white fir and dead trees at the top of Saul’s Canyon. Because of the high elevation, smoke will likely be visible from I-15, Juab, Sanpete, and Sevier counties and will be seen for over a week. The fire is expected to last a few days.
New spring vegetation has emerged and fire managers have decided that conditions are excellent for maintaining and controlling the fire. The managed fire can reduce the risk of wildfire by reducing hazardous fuels and aiding aspen regeneration. Beneficial fires restore and maintain healthy forests and rangeland, and improve wildlife habitat.
The Saul’s Canyon Fire is being actively managed. Managers review the fire’s progress and weather forecasts to determine if the fire will stay in pre-designated boundaries and if resource objectives are being met. Fire crews will be monitoring its movement to assure the protection of life and property. If necessary, the fire will be actively suppressed.