As weather fuel moisture and air quality conditions allow the Townsend Ranger District plans to implement various prescribed burning projects in both the Big Belt Mountains and Elkhorn Mountains this fall and early winter. Some slash piles across the District may be burned as well.
Several units totaling about 200 acres within the Crow Creek Vegetation Management Project are planned to move the area toward a more desired vegetation condition for wildlife scenery recreation and livestock grazing by introducing low-intense prescribed fire to the landscape. The burns will help minimize conifer encroachment and help reestablish native plants within this ecosystem.
Nearly 100 acres in the Pole Creek area of the Elkhorn Mountains are scheduled to be burned to reduce conifer encroachment and revitalize the grassland ecosystems on the Pole Creek grazing allotment.
Various slash piles across the District may be burned this year as well. Slash piles in the Duck Creek Gypsy Lake and Atlanta Creek areas of the Big Belt Mountains are results of the Roadside Hazardous Tree Removal Project; and the scattered slash piles that may be burned were created by firewood gathering activities.
All burning will be conducted under the terms and conditions of a permit from the Montana State Department of Environmental Quality which includes requirements to minimize the impacts of smoke to the public. Ignition will take place when operational safety air quality parameters weather and fuel moisture conditions are attained.
|Incident Type||Prescribed Fire|
|Date of Origin||Wednesday October 23rd, 2013 approx. 12:00 PM|
Firefighters will burn slash piles at Skidway Campground today. Smoke could be visible at times.
If you have questions, call Kathy Bushnell at 495-3747.