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USFS plans prescribed burns in Bighorn Mtns

SHERIDAN — Firefighters will begin conducting prescribed burns in the Bighorn National Forest as early as Monday, weather permitting. Burns will continue through late spring, according to a press release from the USFS.

Area residents should be aware that smoke may be visible from surrounding communities.

The USFS conducts prescribed burns each year to reduce fuel loading, improve wildlife habitat and increase range forage. Burns are conducted only when weather conditions are favorable and before vegetation green-up occurs.

Currently, three ranger districts will conduct prescribed burns, covering approximately 4,300 acres of Bighorn National Forest land.
In the Tongue Ranger District, approximately 1,500 acres of burns are planned in areas near Woodrock Guard Station, Prospect Creek near Granite Pass and Twin Buttes near Burgess Junction.

Approximately 1,000 acres of burns are planned for Tensleep Canyon near U.S. Highway 16 and in the south fork of Paintrock Creek in the Powder River Ranger District.

In the Medicine Wheel/Paintrock Ranger District, about 1,800 acres of burns are planned in areas of North Paintrock Creek, Hunt Mountain Road and Devils Canyon.

For more information about prescribed burns in these areas, call the Powder River Ranger District in Buffalo at 307- 684-7806, the Medicine Wheel/Paintrock Ranger District in Lovell at 307- 548-6541 or the Tongue Ranger District in Sheridan at 307-674-2600.

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