(Cody, Wyo.) – With winter conditions having arrived, the Washakie and Wind River ranger districts of the Shoshone National Forest plan to burn hand constructed and mechanically built slash piles, as weather allows.

This work will be conducted in the upper Wind River, Horse Creek, and Sinks Canyon areas. There are also two community piles to be burnt; one of these piles is near the Pass Creek subdivision south of Lander and the other is near the Union Pass subdivision outside of Dubois. These piles are a result of fuels reduction and community “fire wise” projects the ranger districts worked on this past year.

Smoke generated from the burning of these piles may be visible throughout the Wind River Basin, Sinks Canyon, and the South Pass area along US Highway 28. The overall duration of the projects will vary with weather conditions and may last anywhere from a few days to a few weeks.

For more information, please contact the Washakie Ranger District at 307-332-5460 or the Wind River Ranger District at 307-455-2466.