Prescribed burn planned for Long Mountain |

Prescribed burn planned for Long Mountain

Craig Daily Press Staff Report

The Bureau of Land Management's Little Snake Field Office in Craig announced Wednesday plans for a 722-acre prescribed burn on Long Mountain in northeast Moffat County, seven miles south of Slater, Wyo.

"The objective of the burn is to reduce the amount of hazardous fuels, mainly thick sagebrush, while improving wildlife habitat and range condition," The BLM stated in a news release. "Additionally, this will reduce the chance for large intense wildland fires."

The controlled fire is scheduled to begin Friday and last up to a week, depending on weather conditions, according to the release.

Smoke may be visible in the Little Snake River Valley from Baggs, Wyo., east during active burn periods, according to the release.

The first phase of the plan calls for hand crews to burn a perimeter around the project area to create a holding line. The interior of the project area will be ignited aerially with a helicopter because of its large area and steep terrain.

As with every BLM prescribed burn, the project follows a detailed plan developed in advance with pre-determined parameters and has the required applicable smoke permits, the release stated.

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Weather and fuel moisture conditions will be closely monitored. Burns will only be initiated if conditions are ideal for safe and effective fires, according to the release.

For more information, call the Little Snake Field Office at 826-5000.

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