The Bitterroot National Forest is starting its spring burning projects, mainly in the south end of Ravalli County. Tod McKay of the Bitterroot forest said that the first burn was a 200-acre fire east of Sula near Guide Creek. He wrote in a news release that most of the fires will be set in the next few weeks, weather permitting. The burns will take care of some slash piles from forest projects and also will be low-level fires that will reduce downed timber that can increase the severity of wildfires. Most of the smoke produced will last only a couple of days.

On the Darby/Sula Ranger District:

  • Prescribed fire - East Fork units north of East Fork Road between Jennings and Martin Creek Campgrounds
  • Prescribed fire - Como Horse Lick, north of Lake Como
  • Prescribed fire - Trapper Bunkhouse south of Darby near Chaffin Creek.
  • West Fork Ranger District:

  • Prescribed fire - Lower West Fork near Troy, Lavene and Baker Creeks
  • Prescribed fire - School Point Ecoburn east of Nelson Creek, between Gemmel and Halford Creeks.
  • Pile burning - Watchtower Trailhead
  • Pile burning - Lower West Fork near Baker Creek Road
  • The fire managers hope to conduct the burning quickly, with limited impact to the recreational users and the general public.