Spring Prescribed Burns Planned, March 2013
Incident: Helena Prescribed Burns Prescribed Fire
Helena Ranger District of the Helena National Forest Prepares for Spring Burning
The Helena Ranger District is preparing to implement prescribed burn projects around the Helena area this spring as weather and air quality conditions allow. Burning activities will be occurring in both the Jimtown Road Area to the east of Helena and the Clancy/Unionville area just south of Helena.
The Jimtown Road area has multiple units that we are preparing to treat, totaling approximately 750 acres. These units are part of the Jimtown Hazardous Fuels Reduction Project.
The Clancy/Unionville area also consists of multiple units we are preparing to treat which total approximately 1100 acres. Within the Clancy/Unionville project area, burning of piles created by harvest activities and fuels reduction activities will occur. These units and piles are part of the Clancy/Unionville Vegetation Manipulation and Travel Management Project.
Roadside slash piles created by Hazard Tree Removal activities in Telegraph Creek and North Elkhorns are also planned to be burned. These areas are part of the Forest-wide Hazardous Tree Removal and Fuels Reduction Project.
A few scattered slash piles created by firewood gathering activities throughout the District could be burned this spring, which are mostly adjacent to main roads. Burning will begin as weather conditions allow and could continue into late spring, early summer.
All burning operations are designed to meet a multitude of resource objectives including improving forest health, improving soil conditions, reducing hazardous fuels, improving public safety and to maintain and improve fire dependant ecosystems.