By Andi Bourne

Fall prescribed burn season in full swing


October 14, 2021

Lolo National Forest, USFS

A firefighter uses a drip torch to light a strip during a prescribed burn.

As wildfire season slows down, firefighters across the Lolo and Flathead National Forests have shifted their focus to prescribed burning operations. This will reduce hazardous fuels, restore wildlife habitat and better protect communities from future wildfires.

Fall prescribed fire projects will be conducted when weather, fuel conditions and air quality become favorable. Smoke will be visible from various places in the Clearwater and Swan Valleys depending on the location of the burn units and weather conditions.

Each project follows a prescribed fire burn plan. The prescribed fire project...

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