Bitterroot National Forest Prescribed Burns
Bitterroot National Forest fire managers are planning to conduct several prescribed burns this week as long as the desired weather, fuel moisture and smoke dispersal conditions are met. See maps of the burn areas on this website. Smoke from several of the fires may be visible in the valley.
Stevensville Ranger District
Fire crews will ignite a 27-acre unit above Bear Creek Trail on May 7. Signs will be posted at the trailhead to notify hikers and there will also be fire traffic along Forest Service road 1327 near the Totem Peak Estates. Smoke from this burn is likely to be visible from Highway 93. There are 20 firefighters and 2 engines assigned to the fire.
Darby Ranger District
Prescribed burning is planned May 8-10 on the Darby Ranger District where crews are planning to burn 118-acres. The units are located seven miles north of Darby and west of Charlos Heights. Smoke from the burn is expected to be visible near the Coyote Coulee trailhead #127 near Lost Horse Road and the residential area along Blue Jay Lane and Hayes Creek Road. Drivers are asked to use caution when driving through the area where fire crews are working or where smoke is drifting across roadways. There are 25 firefighters and 2 engines assigned to this fire.
All burns are weather and fuel condition dependent. If ignition takes place there is potential the burning could limit public access in these areas. For public safety, recreationists are asked to be aware of fire crews and vehicles in the area. Prescribed fire signs will be posted along the roads and trails where burning takes place. These burns will be ignited only if operational safety, fuel moistures, weather conditions and air quality parameters are met. Fire managers hope to conduct the burning quickly, with limited impacts to recreational users and the general public.
For more information or to be placed on a day-of-burning notification list, please contact your local ranger station at Stevensville (406-777-5461) or Darby (406-821-3913).
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Weather and smoke dispersal conditions are favorable and will allow fire personnel to safely ignite prescribed fires this week. These burns will reduce fine fuels, improve wildlife habitat and reduce potential of larger, high intensity wildfires.
Fire personnel plan to ignite low-intensity burns this week. No road/trail closures are planned at this time but fire officials ask the public to be aware of fire crews and vehicles in the area. If ignition takes place there is potential the burning could limit public access in these areas.
Although this is a planned low-intensity, maitenance burn, smoke may be visible periodically over the next few days. If you have questions, contact your local ranger district or Tod McKay at 406-363-7122.