Forest Service Begins Burning Slash Piles in the Wisdom and Wise River Areas

Contact(s): Leona Rodreick

The Wise River and Wisdom Ranger Districts have begun to burn slash piles. Burning these piles eliminates slash created by the removal of trees killed by the mountain pine beetle as well as debris left from wood cutters.

Crews plan to burn slash piles located in many of the area campgrounds and in particular campgrounds located along the Pioneer Scenic Byway and Miner Creek, Pintler campground, and Mussigbrod campground. Burning will take place during the mid-week in the campgrounds.

Crews will also burn large slash piles in the Rat Creek area, along with roadside piles located in the Harriet Lou Creek, Canyon Creek, Trapper Creek and Jerry Creek areas.

Due to the abundance of trees killed by the mountain pine beetle, firewood cutters are now required to pile slash when gathering firewood. Slash piles should be compact measuring approximately six feet high and six feet wide.

For more information contact the Wisdom Ranger District at (406) 689-3243, or the Wise River Ranger District at (406) 832-3178.