Cabinet District Fall Prescribed Fire Program Begins
By Moosetrack Megan

Posted: October 7, 2019

The Cabinet Ranger District would like to alert the public that they are beginning the fall prescribed burning program. Prescribed fire is an effective tool used to treat hazardous fuels generated by both mechanical and natural means.

Prescribed burning is planned throughout the District in the following areas:

  • Pilgrim Creek
  • Elk Creek
  • Big Beaver Creek
  • Trout Creek
  • Various Campgrounds and District Compound (hand piling and burning)

The majority of prescribed burning will occur in the Pilgrim, Big Beaver, and Trout Creek drainages. They are located within timber sale boundaries and consist of burning machine generated piles. Smoke will be visible during burning and potentially a few days afterwards.

We understand the unpleasant impacts of smoke generated from the wildfires this summer, so we will strive to minimize the smoke effects and reduce the impacts to the public. All prescribed burns on the Cabinet District must comply with air quality regulations, guided and monitored by the Montana/Idaho State Airshed Group. Burns will occur when air dispersion and weather forecasts are favorable. We appreciate the community for its support of our fuels program and we value your continued support. Please be careful when traveling through smoky areas in your vehicles. Please slow down; people and equipment may be present in the smoke.

The above activities may occur anytime during October 1 through November 30, depending on the weather.

For more information on the burning program or burn permit requirements, please contact Cabinet Ranger District; 827-3533.