The Kemmerer Ranger District of the Bridger-Teton National Forest plans to continue with the implementation of the prescribed burn in the Pole Creek area this spring. The project will treat up to 2000 acres as conditions allow. The Forest Service Fire Managers hope to begin ignitions around the beginning of June 2016.
The objectives of the burn are to rejuvenate decadent aspen stands by targeting dead and dying beetle killed conifers, promote better grasses and forbs, improving habitat for big game, reduce hazardous fuel accumulations and restore fire to the landscape representing a more historical and natural role in the environment.
This project is expected to be carried out anytime between June 5 and June 18. Actual ignition dates will be dependent on meeting strict parameters for weather and fire behavior conditions. Flames may be visible during the active burning operation and smoke may be evident in the vicinity, especially in mountain valleys during the early morning hours of the burn period.
The Hams Fork Road will remain open. Visitors are reminded to always use caution when recreating in burned areas, smoke, falling snags and active fire may be present after a closure has been lifted. Interagency fire managers will attempt to minimize any adverse impacts to recreationists and residents as the burns proceed.
This vegetation treatment is an interagency cooperative effort with Wyoming Game & Fish Department, Wyoming Landscape Conservation Initiative, and the Forest Service.
In addition, part of the project that includes the timber sales in the Hams Fork Drainage, 421 acres of aspen have been mechanically treated, and it is anticipated that we will be burning the slash this spring between May 5 and May 29 of 2016. This project resulted in the cutting for encroaching conifer within aspen stands to create a fuel bed to carry fire, this will result in the stimulation and regrowth of new aspen and the reduction of conifers within these stands.
For more information about this project, contact Ben Banister, Assistant Fuels Management Officer for the West Zone at (307) 828-5117.