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Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Caribou-Targhee National Forest Implements Prescribed Fires

Tuesday, September 29th, 11:00 AM

Hill Creek Prescribed Fire


The Hill Creek Prescribed Fire project is located in Teton County, Wyoming, about five miles east of Driggs, Idaho, and four miles south of Alta, Wyoming.  The primary objectives for this burn include aspen restoration, habitat improvement, and the reduction of existing wildland fire hazards and the potentially negative effects to both agency lands and adjacent private lands from future wildland fire while restoring a fire-adaptive ecosystem.  Hazardous fuels reduction within the project area will benefit public safety and increase the defensibility from future wildfire incidents that may impact private property within the Wildland Urban Interface (WUI) areas identified in both the Teton County, ID, Community Wildfire Protection Plan and on the CTNF.

Partners for this project include Wyoming Wildlife Natural Resource Trust and the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation.

Red Creek Prescribed Fire

This project area is located within the Big Hole Mountains between Squirrel Mountain and Rocky Peak to the east.  The primary purpose of this project is to utilize mechanical slashing and prescribed fire to treat the declining aspen population and mature mountain brush species to create diversity of age classes within winter and summer range identified for big game and many other wildlife species.  the secondary purpose of this project is to reduce hazardous fuels within the area, thereby increasing public safety as well as the defensibility to adjacent private property from future wildfire incidents within the Wildland Urban Interface (WUI) areas identified in both the Teton County, ID, Community Wildfire Protection Plan and on the CTNF. 

Partners for this project include Idaho Fish and Game and the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation.

For more information on these and additional prescribed fires on the Caribou-Targhee National Forest, see the tab "Current Wildland Fire Info;" the lower map includes icons identifying the location of these and other projects.