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By Andi Bourne

Reintroducing fire to Horseshoe Hills south of Seeley


Andi Bourne, Pathfinder

Members of the Lolo Interagency Hotshots lighting strips of fire on one of the Horseshoe West units. By igniting the fuels in strips, firefighters are able to manage the intensity of the fire to meet objectives and maintain control of the fire.

SEELEY LAKE – Nearly 45 firefighters ignited more than 300 acres in the Horseshoe Hills area April 24-25. The objectives of the prescribed burns included reducing fuels and mitigating wildfire risk south of Double Arrow Ranch and west of Big Sky Lake while also improving winter and transitional range for deer and elk.

The Horseshoe Hills area used to be owned by Plum Creek. When Plum Creek put it on the market, many thought it would become the next big subdivision in the valley.

According to Seeley Lake Ranger District Wildlife Biologist Scott Tomson said several local stakeholders, inclu...

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