Prescribed Burning to begin on the Bozeman and Hebgen Lake Ranger Districts

Release Date: May 16, 2022

Bozeman, MT- May 16th, 2022 – Both the Bozeman and the Hebgen Lake Ranger Districts on the Custer Gallatin National Forest are looking for opportunities to begin prescribed burning this spring. Conditions are being monitored to determine if fire effects will be desirable. Smoke may be seen or smelled during these activities.

Pile burning areas on Bozeman District include:

  • Leverich drainage
  • Along Moser Jump-Off Road
  • Fairy Creek.

Areas being evaluated for broadcast burning include:

  • Above Langhor Campground
  • Near Porcupine Cabin, Big Sky

Pile burning areas on Hebgen Lake District include:

  • Along Denny Creek Road
  • Hebgen Flats Area.

 “The use of prescribed fire is an important tool for the management of our ecosystems and reducing hazardous fuels” said District Rangers Jason Brey and Corey Lewellen. “We recognize the short-term impacts from smoke and the risk associated with using prescribed fire. We have strategic plans and contingencies in place in help minimize risk.”  As favorable weather conditions approach, addition outreach and communication will occur for specific treatment areas.