Smoke may be visible in various parts of the Bighorn National Forest during the winter months as firefighters burn slash piles.
Slash piles generated by either timber harvest operations or thinning projects are ignited when winter sets in and brings snow cover that will be on the ground for months. These fires may smolder for several days.
- On the Medicine Wheel/Paintrock Ranger District, slash pile locations include Antelope Butte, Porcupine Guard Station, and around the Bench timber sale.
- On the Powder River Ranger District, areas include Canyon Creek and Goldmine Road, West Tensleep Road near Deerhaven Lodge, Dullknife timber sale near Hazelton, Paradise Ranch, and Meadowlark Lake. Pile burning is planned for two areas near U.S. Highway 16 at Foot Creek and in the Clear Creek drainage.
- On the Tongue Ranger District, pile burning is planned for areas of the Woodrock and Swamp timber sales, at Burgess Junction, and on the Red Grade Road near Bosin Rock radio towers and the Tepee and Blacktooth subdivisions.
For more information, contact the Medicine Wheel/Paintrock Ranger Districts in Lovell at 307.548.6541, the Powder River Ranger District in Buffalo at 307.684.7806, or the Tongue Ranger District in Sheridan at 307.674.2600.