Lincoln Ranger District Prepares for Spring Burning
Incident: Lincoln Prescribed Burns Prescribed Fire
LINCOLN, MONT., March 11, 2013-The Lincoln Ranger District of the Helena National Forest is preparing to conduct prescribed burning in the Alice Creek area, Hogum Creek area, Poorman Creek area and near the District office this spring if weather conditions become favorable. Burning will begin as weather and fuel conditions allow and will continue into late spring and early summer.
There are four units in the Alice Creek area totaling about 1,300 acres. This project is a joint effort between the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation and the Helena National Forest and is intended to enhance big game forage and reduce hazardous fuel conditions. The Alice Creek burn units are located approximately twelve miles northeast of Lincoln around Wildcat gulch within the upper end of the Alice creek drainage.
There are 10 units located in the Hogum Creek area totaling 411 acres, which support the stated purpose and need of the project: improve big game winter range by reducing conifer encroachment within natural openings.
The burning in the Poorman Creek area will consist of Ethel units 23 and 24, which are located in Rochester Gulch totaling about 1,000 acres.
The burning near the District office would consist of low intensity maintenance burning to reduce fine fuel loading and promote native grasses. These units could total 100 acres.
All burning will be conducted under the terms and conditions of a permit from the Montana State Department of Environmental Quality, which includes requirements to minimize the impacts of smoke to the public. Ignition will take place only if operational safety, air quality parameters, weather and fuel moisture conditions can be attained.
For more information on this burning project plan, please contact the Lincoln Ranger District at (406) 362-7000.