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Prescribed burn planned for Sawmill Gulch Tuesday

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MISSOULA - Forest Service officials are burning understory acreage in the Rattlesnake Recreation Area on Tuesday, and hikers and bikers should watch out.

The Missoula Ranger District is planning to burn 125 acres in the Sawmill Gulch area, just off the main Rattlesnake trailhead, to reduce fuel load and restore the health of the ecosystem. 

People should expect to see some smoke, and hikers and bikers should be careful of hazards like rolling burning material and falling trees.

A prescribed burn is also planned for Petty Creek in the Ninemile District.

You can also follow the Lolo National Forest on Facebook for updates on forest projects and prescribed burns.

From the Lolo National Forest press release:

The Sawmill 12 understory prescribed burn is approximatley 125. The prescribed burn objectives are to reintroduce low intensity surface fire to the area reducing surface fuel loadings as well as providing for long term ecosystem health and scenic landscapes desirable for recreational use. The planned underburn completes initial prescribed treatment for this unit and allows it to be placed on a maintenance schedule with the intent of reintroducing low-intensity underburns to maintain desired conditions and limit fuel accumulations in the wildland urban interface. Although we will take measures to reduce the impacts from smoke in the area, we do expect some residual smoke pooling overnight into the mornings due to terrain. We appologize for this short term inconvenience.   

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