The primary purpose of this prescribed fire project is to restore aspen by reducing conifer encroachment into aspen and stimulate aspen stand regeneration. Other benefits include reducing dead and down fuel loading on the forest floor and providing wildlife species the early seral stages of mountain shrubs, willows, aspen and abundant herbaceous understory that occurs after a disturbance such as a prescribed fire.
Smoke will be visible from the surrounding areas of Swan Valley, Teton Valley and Star Valley. Smoke and fire activity will continue to be observed within the prescribed burn area until cooler and wetter weather occurs.
Predicting the actual day of a prescribed fire is difficult due to weather and fuels conditions. Additionally, approval from the Idaho and Montana smoke monitoring agencies is required. These criteria have to occur at the same time in order for the District to implement the prescribed fire. If weather and fuel conditions do not allow for ignition, the Forest Service will continue to monitor conditions for an extended clear weather pattern that will meet the combination of fuel moisture, temperature, wind, and smoke dispersal conditions necessary for the prescribed burn.
For more information, contact the Palisades Ranger District office at 208-523-1412.