Expect Smoke from Prescribed Burns in the Bighorns

Expect Smoke from Prescribed Burns in the Bighorns

The Bighorn National Forest has announced that several prescribed burns will be conducted this fall. These burns are weather dependent and planned to occur over the next few months, according to a news release. These burns are done to reduce fuel loading, improve wildlife habitat, and increase range forage. The burns target over-mature sagebrush and conifer encroachment into shrublands and meadows.

Over 1700 acres between the Medicine Wheel, Powder River, and Tongue Ranger Districts will be burned in total. Smoke may be visible from surrounding communities but is not expected to have a major impact on residents. The burns are also conducted with an intention to minimize the impact on hunters and others recreating in the Bighorns by signing the areas intended for burning, by limiting the impact of safety closures of the days of the burns, and by announcing specific burn days on social media, the Forest’s website, and other outreach sources. For more information including a map, follow this link https://www.fs.usda.gov/main/big....


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