Prescribed Burns Planned in Bighorn National Forest

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Prescribed Burns Planned in Bighorn National Forest

Fire managers with the Bighorn National Forest have planned several prescribed burns throughout the forest this spring. According to a news release from the National Forest, burns could begin as soon as early April and continue through late spring, and that smoke may be visible in surrounding communities during the burns.

On the Medicine Wheel/Paintrock Ranger District, burns are planned for the Beaver Creek area near Hunt Mountain and in the Mathews Ridge area northeast of Hyattville for a total of approximately 1,800 acres.

About 1,500 acres of burns are scheduled for Prospect Creek near Granite Pass and Schuler Park northwest of Burgess Junction in the Tongue Ranger District. Slash piles near Billy Creek and Canyon Creek on the Powder River Ranger District will also be burned.

The prescribed burns are done each year by the Forest Service to reduce fuel loading, improve habitat for wildlife, reduce conifer encroachment into meadows, and increase range forage.

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