A 50-acre fire burning in Fish Creek Drainage about 10 miles northwest of Scofield continues to be monitored, but not suppressed, by managers of the Price/Ferron Ranger District.

The lightning-caused fired began July 30 and is being allowed to burn as a part of a forest resources management plan.

The fire is burning in a sub-alpine fir, spruce and aspen ecosystem in the Manti-La Sal National Forest and is regularly monitored to determine if suppression action is necessary to protect life and property, according to the U.S. Forest Service.

"The plan allows naturally ignited fires to burn within designated Wildland Fire Use areas," the Forest Service said. "Under these conditions, the fire is allowed to play its natural role on the landscape."

The agency said that fires allowed to burn as part of a management plan can burn all summer or until snow or rain finally extinguishes them.