DUCHESNE — A lightning strike sparked a small wildfire earlier this week, but forest officials say they're content to let it burn for now.

The fire started early Monday and has burned about one acre 33 miles southwest of Duchesne, according to Ashley National Forest officials.

The Forest Service plans to monitor the fire but will allow it to continue burning to improve forest health. "Allowing the fire to take its natural course will help reduce heavy fuel build-up, recycle nutrients, stimulate regeneration of aspen trees and other plants and improve wildlife habitat," according to a Forest Service statement.