Kootenai National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
31374 US Hwy 2 Libby Montana 59923
Libby, MT 59923
The Cabinet District is conducting prescribed fire operations Wednesday, September 4, 2019 in the Trout Creek and Attlebury Creek drainages. Units will be aerially ignited by helicopter. All prescribed fire operations are scheduled when weather and fuel conditions are optimal to ensure success in meeting objectives on the ground. The objective of these prescribed fire treatments is to improve the quality, quantity, and distribution of forage for big game species and to reduce hazardous fuels accumulation thereby reducing the risk of future wildfires in populated areas.
Smoke is anticipated to be visible during ignition activities. Depending on weather and dispersal conditions, smoke may linger in the area for several days following prescribed fire activities. All prescribed fire operations are approved in advance by the Montana-Idaho Airshed Group based on predicted smoke emissions and dispersion forecasts.
For public and firefighter safety, an area closure order was issued for prescribed fire area on Friday, August 30, 2019 (see map). Please avoid burn areas as they can pose very hazardous conditions. For additional safety and prescribed fire information, please call the Fire Management Office at 406-827-0709.