Officials with the Bighorn National Forest have announced that firefighters will begin prescribed burning over the next several weeks. Sheridan Media's Ron Richter has the details.
Burns could begin as soon as Monday, April 1st and continue through late spring. In a media release from the BHNF, it states that in the Powder River Ranger District, burns are planned for Tensleep Canyon near U.S. Highway 16 and in the south fork of Paintrock Creek. Approximately 1,000 acres are planned for these areas.
In the Medicine Wheel/Paintrock Ranger District, about 1,800 acres are planned in the areas north of Paintrock Creek, Hunt Mountain Road and Devils Canyon.
About 1,500 acres are planned in the areas near Woodrock Guard Station, Prospect Creek near Granite Pass, and Twin Buttes near Burgess Junction in the Tongue Ranger District.
These types of prescribed burns are conducted by the Forest Service annually to reduce fuel loading, improve wildlife habitat, and increase range forage. Burns are done only when the weather is favorable and before vegetation green-up occurs. Due to these prescribed burns, Forest officials remind citizens that smoke may be visible from communities near the burn areas.