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Burns planned for nat'l forest

Oct 8, 2017 From staff reports

The Washakie and Wind River districts of the Shoshone National Forest plan to burn slash piles, both hand-constructed and machine-built, and implement prescribed fire projects as weather and fuel conditions allow this fall.

Piles to be burnt are the result of timber sales, fuel reduction work, and community "fire wise" projects.

These piles are located in Upper Wind River, Horse Creek, Upper Little Warm Springs, South Pass, Sinks Canyon, and various locations along Louis Lake Road (FSR 300). There are also two community piles to be burnt, one is located in the Pass Creek Subdivision south of Lander and the other is near the Union Pass subdivision outside of Dubois.

Prescribed fire projects will be implemented to boost aspen regeneration and improve forage for wildlife while also reducing hazardous fuels which should decrease the intensity of future wildfires in the area. Prescribed fire projects are planned in the following areas:

400 acres northeast of Dubois in the Charlie Creek area of the Wiggins Fork

1100 acres southwest of Lander in Maxon Basin

55 acres southwest of Lander along Louis Lake Road (FSR 300) near the Middle Fork of the Popo Agie River

Smoke generated from these projects may be visible throughout the Wind River Basin, Sinks Canyon, and the South Pass area along Wyoming Highway 28. The projects may last anywhere from a few days to a few weeks.

For more information, contact the Washakie Ranger District at 307-332-5460 or the Wind River Ranger District at 307-455-2466.

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