Red Creek Prescribed Fire
Yesterday the Caribou-Targhee National Forest (CTNF) began work on the Red Creek Prescribed Fire Unit. The primary focus was on creating an initial perimeter of fireline; firefighters burned about 75 acres using driptorches (as seen in the photo to the left). Today's work will consist of using a helicopter carrying a helitorch -- simply put, a very large driptorch attached to the aircraft -- to apply fire to the interior areas.
Improved aspen stands are one of the goals of the Red Creek project. Aspen stands regenerate via roots suckers and thrive on disturbance to spur new growth. They also require plenty of sunlight, which is often inhibited by overgrowth in absence of fire. The CTNF is using prescribed fire to mimic the natural process of a fire-adapted ecosystem.
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.