Seeley Swan Pathfinder
April 23, 1998
The USDA, Forest Service, Seeley Lake Ranger District, will be conducting prescribed burns in several locations this year. These burns will take place in the following drainages: Lower Monture Creek, Cave Creek, Dunham Creek, First Creek, Clearwater River, Richmond Creek, Camp creek and the west side of Boy Scout Road.
The goals of these prescribed burns are twofold: 1) to lessen the amount of woody fuel and lower the threat of wildfire; and 2) to create areas of reduced ground cover to and in natural and artificial regeneration. The burns near Cave Creek are being burned to promote better wildlife habitat and forage opportunities by rejuvenating grasses and removing the undergrowth.
These burns will take place from late April to the first snowfall in the fall. A unit will be ignited when weather and burning conditions are favorable.
There could be smoke pooling in the valley during early morning hours but should lift or disperse when the sun warms the valley bottom. Most of the smoke should rise to higher elevations and disperse to the northeast.
The units will be ignited using one of two different methods; a hand-held drip torch or a heli-torch suspended from a helicopter. The units will be monitored until all fire is out.
For further information, contact the Seeley Lake Ranger District office at 677-2233.