BTNF sets Pinedale area prescribed burn


Bridger-Teton National Forest prescribed-burn crews hope to implement

the West Fortification prescribed burn mid to late next week depending on weather and

fuel conditions.

This burn is located adjacent to White Pine Ski Area about 10 miles south of Pinedale

and will be very visible to the town of Pinedale and surrounding area. BTNF will staff an

information station in the area for folks who have questions.

Crews will ignite the 190-acre unit primarily by hand using drip torches. Implementation

will take one to two days and crews will continue mop-up and monitoring efforts as

needed.

This burn is part of the Skyline Wildland Urban Interface Fuels Reduction Project to

remove hazardous fuels’ buildup and increase firefighter and public safety in the event of

a wildfire. Additional resource benefits include aspen enhancement/restoration, Douglas

fir restoration, old-growth tree enhancement and reduced hazard trees near power lines and

communication sites.

Fire managers also hope to burn the Cottonwood II Rx on the Big Piney Ranger District

in mid to late June. This 155-acre unit is about 20 miles west of Daniel on Sjhoberg Creek

on the north side of North Cottonwood Creek drainage.

This vegetation treatment is an interagency cooperative effort with Bureau of Land

Management, Wyoming Game and Fish, Sublette County Unified Fire and Teton Interagency

Fire.

Actual ignitions for these burns will depend on meeting strict parameters for weather

and fire behavior conditions. Smoke will be visible from U.S. highways 191 and 189, Pinedale

and the surrounding area during the ignition phase and for a short time after lighting

is completed. No closures are anticipated with these projects.

For more information on prescribed fire, fuels reduction projects and defensible space,

visit www.tetonfires.com or call the Pinedale Ranger District at 307-367-4326.

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