With winter conditions in place, the Shoshone National Forest plans to conduct burning operations of hand constructed and machine built slash piles across the Forest. These piles are the result of timber sales, fuel reduction work, and community “fire wise” projects the Forest has worked on over the past years.
On the southern end of the Shoshone National Forest, the Wind River Ranger District piles are located near Brooks Lake, Long Creek, and Double Cabin. On the Washakie Ranger District, piles are located near South Pass in the Beaver Creek area. There are also two community piles to be burnt, one at the Pass Creek Subdivision South of Lander and another near the Union Pass subdivision outside of Dubois.
Similarly, on the northern half of the Shoshone National Forest, piles are located in the areas of the Sugarloaf Timber Sale and Sunlight Basin on the Clarks Fork Ranger District. Additional piles are located near North Fork summer homes on the Wapiti Ranger District as well as in the Timber Creek and the Wood River areas on the Greybull Ranger District.
Smoke generated from the burning of these piles may be visible at times in locations near the burning operations as well as in the nearby communities of Crandall, Cody, Meeteetse, Lander, and Dubois. The overall duration of the projects will be dependent upon weather conditions and may last anywhere from a few days to a few weeks.
For more information about these projects, please contact the Wind River Ranger District in Dubois at 307-455-2466, the Washakie Ranger District in Lander at 307-332-5460, or the North Zone at 307-527-6921. For additional information on the Shoshone National Forest, visit http://www.fs.usda.gov/shoshone, follow us on Twitter (@ShoshoneNF), or like us on Facebook (US Forest Service – Shoshone National Forest).