The spring prescribed burning program will begin this month on the Bitterroot National Forest. Public Affairs Officer Tod McKay said that the first project will be up Tin Cup at the trailhead and will include a test fire to see if the burning conditions will be good enough to continue the program at this time.
He said in a news release that about 1,600 acres are targeted for burning in 14 projects this spring, including areas in the Darby and Stevensville Ranger Districts.
McKay said forest managers check with the Montana - Idaho Smoke Management Unit in Missoula before setting any of the fires. He said that weather forecasts and wind forecasts are critical to approving which blazes are ignited.
More information about forecasts for burning can be found at www.smokemu.org