“The prescribed burns we are hoping to accomplish this spring will help to reduce hazardous trees, brush and other natural fuel that will lessen the intensity of a wildfire and also maintain natural openings in the forest. Additionally, the removal of conifers closing in on aspen tress will encourage aspen reproduction,” said Fred Jones, West Zone Fire Management Officer. “Utilizing prescribed fire is also an important tool for recycling nutrients and reintroducing fire onto the landscape.”
Hebgen Lake Ranger District fire fighters plan to burn slash piles created from the Hebgen Lake Fuels Reduction project. There are large piles located along the Madison Arm Road along with 15 acres of smaller piles just north of Fisherman’s Village subdivision (Hwy 20 just prior to Targhee Pass) and an additional large pile located in Bakershole Campground (located 5 miles north of West Yellowstone, off Hwy 191).
Fire personnel will be coordinating with several local agencies including rural fire departments, private land owners and law enforcement prior to ignition dates of each prescribed burn. For additional information contact Marianne Baumberger, Fire Education and Prevention Technician, Bozeman Ranger District, 406-522-2549. Additional information about the Gallatin National Forest can be found online at: www.fs.usda.gov/gallatin.