Red Lodge, MT - The Beartooth Ranger District, Custer National Forest will begin spring burning across the District over the next several weeks. At this time, two prescribed burns are anticipated. The Benbow Knob prescribed burn will be located along FS road 2414 in the Benbow Drainage and is approximately 50 acres. An additional burn, Commissary Ridge prescribed burn is located by Tie Flats and the Upper end of the Crooked Creek road in the Pryor Mountains and will be approximately 300 acres.
Each year the district conducts an approved prescribed burning plan according to conditions. “Prescribed burning reintroduces fire back into the ecosystem and is a successful tool that fire management personnel are able to use for a variety of purposes” said Jeff Stockwell, Beartooth Fire Management Officer. “Prescribed burning aids in recycling nutrients, reducing hazardous fuel accumulations and renewing decadent grass and shrubs within the burn area,” Stockwell added.
On the Beartooth R.D., prescribed burning will be conducted over the next several weeks until vegetative green-up occurs in the burn areas and/or weather prevents additional burning. For further information or if you have questions regarding the two prescribed burns, call the Beartooth Ranger District at (406) 446-2103. Each prescribed burn will be coordinated with the Carbon and Stillwater County Sheriff’s Departments respectively, as well as other state and federal agencies.
For general information on the Custer National Forest visit us online atwww.fs.usda.gov/custer.