Bozeman, MT – Forest Service Fire crews are planning to begin prescribe burning and slash pile burning on the Bozeman and Hebgen Lake Ranger Districts. Burn operations could continue throughout the fall depending on weather conditions. Crews hope to start prescribe burning as early as next week within the Porcupine Aspen Regeneration Project around aspen stands near the Twin Cabin Trail #46 and possibly the Porcupine Trail #34, which are located southeast of Big Sky, MT.
According to Jeff Shanafelt, West Zone Fire Management Officer “Our goal is to reintroduce fire around aspen stands where we have removed encroaching conifers. Disturbances such as fire and cutting are expected to stimulate aspen growth. Aspen play a unique and vital role in the ecosystem and provide important habitat.”
Crews will also be burning slash piles as long as the weather is conducive or until the winter snow pack is established in areas throughout the Bozeman and Hebgen Lake Ranger Districts.
For more information please contact the Bozeman Ranger District at (406) 522-2520 or the Hebgen Lake Ranger District at (406) 823-6961.