The annual spring prescribed burning on the Bitterroot National Forest will start in the south end of the valley.

Tod McKay of the Bitterroot forest said the first burn will be 165 acres north Christisen Creek and West Fork Lodge. In all, about 1,500 acres will be burned on the West Fork and Darby/Sula Ranger Districts.

They include:
Darby/Sula Ranger District:

  • Middle East Fork Units east of Colvert Creek
  • Tepee Face Ecoburn (slash piles), south of Teepee Point
  • West Fork Ranger District:

  • School Point Ecoburn, west of West Fork Ranger District
  • Soda Srping Habitat Improvement east of Soda Springs
  • All areas will be signed and notifications will be made to local residents, McKay said.

    The fires are to maintain forest health, improve wildlife habitat, reduce the potential of high intensity wildfires, and reduce post harvest slash from thinning and personal use firewood cutting.

    The fires will be lit if weather conditions, air quality and fuel moisture parameters are met.