Lincoln District Prepares for Fall Slash-Pile Burning
Incident: Lincoln Prescribed Burns Prescribed Fire
LINCOLN, MONT., October 25, 2012-The Lincoln Ranger District is planning some slash-pile burning this fall and/or early winter in various places across the District, as long as the appropriate weather and air quality conditions create a suitable opportunity for a safe burn.
Slash piles that are results from the hazard tree removal activities in the Lincoln Northwest sale area and off the top of Dalton Road will be burned when conditions allow. These areas are part of the Forest-wide Hazardous Tree Removal and Fuels Reduction project, and support the stated purpose and need of the project to reduce threats to public safety by felling and removing hazard trees impacted by the mountain pine beetle epidemic along open roads, campgrounds and administrative sites; as well as help reduce wildfire risks and protect watersheds.
A few scattered slash piles throughout the District could also be burned this fall and early winter when conditions permit. Most of these piles are along or adjacent to main roads and smoke could be visible at times.
Some slash piles are located be behind locked gates, of which some are year-long closures and others are seasonal closures. Regardless, signs will be posted on those gates prior to and during the planned slash pile burning occurs.
Although smoke may be visible to residents of Lewis & Clark and Powell counties at times during these burns, other impacts are expected to be minimal since seasonal atmospheric conditions will provide good smoke dispersion for the planned slash burning.
For more information call the Lincoln Ranger District office at 406-362-7000 or visit Inciweb for periodical updates at http://www.inciweb.org/.###