Traditionally, in the Southwest, ponderosa pine (Pinus ponderosa) red slash has not been treated with fire to meet resource objectives until all slash has fully cured, usually a 2-to-4-year wait. Waiting for slash to cure is still the widespread practice on most forests in the Southwest. The Gila National Forest and several other forests in the Southwest Region are now burning red slash to reduce fire hazard from heavy fuel loading, although other techniques continue to occupy an important place in prescribed burning programs for the forests. Heavy fuel loads from an accelerated timber harvest 2 years earlier pressed managers to find new solutions to the old problem of fire hazard from slash. In 1990 and 1991, the Luna Ranger District on the Gila National Forest successfully burned approximately 1,700 acres (688 ha) (400 acres (162 ha) in 1990 and 1,300 acres (526 ha) in 1991) of red slash from timber sales.