Bridger-Teton National Forest plans controlled burn


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BIG PINEY, Wyoming — The Bridger-Teton National Forest plans to conduct a prescribed burn in the Cottonwood area of the Big Piney Ranger District in coming weeks.

Paul Hutta is a fire manager on the forest. He says the objective of the burn is to increase aspen regeneration and reduce conifer stands in the area. He says it will also increase forage for wildlife and reduce hazardous fuels.

The Cottonwood II prescribed burn is located approximately 20 miles west of the town of Daniel. The project consists of several units totaling nearly 1,100 acres. Crews already have treated approximately 482 acres over the last couple of seasons.

Burning may begin the last week of April and could last through May. The timing will depend on weather and fuel conditions.

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