Forest Service hand crews and engines expect that ignition of decadent sagebrush and dried grasses along the north side of the river, around one mile east (downstream) of the bridge, will take one day - weather and fuel moisture conditions permitting. Some lingering smoke and creeping interior fire may be seen for several days following ignition. This scheduled burn may be postponed if weather, fuel, or smoke dispersal conditions are not within the planned burn’s limits.
"This prescribed burn is an efficient way to reduce the amount of old grass, rejuvenate root systems, and enhance sage grouse habitat in the surrounding area,” said Mike Crawley, Bridgeport District Ranger. “It will also reduce encroachment of sagebrush into former meadow areas and reduce the likelihood that any future wildfire will spread onto private and other lands surrounding the National Forest,” said Crawley.
Fire crews are currently monitoring weather conditions to identify the most optimal time to effectively begin prescribed burning. Notices have been posted in the vicinity and around businesses in Bridgeport to inform visitors and nearby ranches of the prescribed burn this spring. Expect smoke when the burns are occurring as well as traffic delays when traveling near the project area.
Travel on Forest Service road 028, near the bridge, may be restricted on the morning of the burn to provide for the necessary public and firefighter safety. Visitors on or near road 028 during the week of the burn may observe an increase in the number of fire engines on the roads and highways. Please slow down and drive carefully to accommodate the extra traffic. Learn more about this release by calling Annamaria Echeverria at 760-932-5803.