Forest Service to Begin Burning Debris and Slash Piles

Contact(s): Leona Rodreick

With the forecasted arrival of snow and wet weather, the Madison Ranger District will be burning hand piled slash throughout November. Once there is measurable precipitation or snow on the ground, crews will begin burning. Burning these piles eliminates slash created by the removal of trees killed by the mountain pine beetle.

Crews plan to burn slash piles in the Tobacco Root Mountains at; Bell Lake Trailhead as well as Potosi, Balanced Rock, and Branham Lakes campgrounds. In the Gravelly Range slash piles will be burned at Hilltop, Clover Meadows, and Cliff Lake campgrounds. Additional pile burning will occur throughout both mountain ranges to eliminate slash left behind by firewood gatherers.

For more information contact the Madison Ranger District in Ennis at (406) 682-4253, or the Sheridan Work Center at (406) 842-5432.