Optimal burn conditions are anticipated in mid-September to mid-October contingent upon fuel moisture and weather. Operations will take an estimated two to three days and hunters and recreationists are advised to avoid the area during firing operations.
The project area is located south of Telephone Canyon with the Tepee Mountains to the west and Pine Mountain to the east. The area is historically moderately grazed with water available from Red Creek and numerous ponds. However, due in part to drought conditions and fire exclusion, fuel accumulation and shrub encroachment into aspen stands has diminished the drainage’s water supply and decreased overall eco-system vitality.
The prescribed fire will burn juniper and conifer stands in a mosaic pattern to reduce hazardous fuel loading, improve watershed condition for wildlife and fisheries habitat, decrease sagebrush and juniper competition with aspen, mountain shrubs and native grasses, deter juniper and conifer encroachment into aspen stands while stimulating new aspen growth, and improve forage for ungulates within the Little Red Creek drainage.
For more information, please contact Michael Barajas, HDD fuels specialist, at 307-352-4376.