EcoWatch

The Bureau of Land Management, Bridger-Teton National Forest and Grand Teton National Park plan slash pile and prescribed fire burns in weeks ahead.

Land management agencies will take advantage of cooling temperatures and wet weather this month to set fire to brush piles and prescribed burn areas before winter sets in.

In Grand Teton National Park, Teton Interagency Fire personnel will burn vegetation from fuel reduction projects along Signal Mountain Road and Pacific Creek Road. The projects, underway for the last few years, resulted in teepee-like piles of tree limbs, dead wood and brush that have cured for a year and now are ready to burn. Crews will also burn piles elsewhere throughout the park where debris from felled trees, and trail and road maintenance have piled up.

On the Bridger-Teton National Forest, firefighters will carry out prescribed burning on the Taylor Mountain unit, a roughly 130-acre area about 8 miles south of Wilson.

The goal is to reduce the risk of wildfire spreading into the wildland-urban interface, including the Highland Hills and Hidden Hills subdivisions adjacent to the burn site.

Operations are dependent on weather, with firefighters working only under low-risk conditions, making it uncertain exactly when burns will take place.

They’ll also aim for wind patterns that disperse the smoke favorably. Nevertheless, officials note that smoke may be visible and may linger for a few days.

Signs in Grand Teton will alert drivers of the burning.

Contact Cody Cottier at 732-5911 or town@jhnewsandguide.com.

Cody Cottier covers town and state government. He grew up with a view of the Olympic Mountains, and after graduating Washington State University he traded it for a view of the Tetons. Odds are the mountains are where you’ll find him when not on deadline.

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