Bitterroot National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
1801 North 1st Hamilton Montana 59840
Hamilton, MT 59840
If you see smoke this afternoon north of Lake Como, firefighters are continuing their prescribed fire activities in the Como/Horse Lick units north of Como and South of Lost Horse. These photos were taken yesterday of the underburn operations. 19 firefighters, including the Bitterroot Hotshots, and two engines are assigned to today's 25-acre burn to reduce hazardous fuels, restore wildlife habitat, and better protect communities from future wildfires.
Burning will only be conducted if conditions are favorable including temperature, wind, fuel moisture, and ventilation for smoke. Firefighters will continue to implement, monitor, and patrol this burn over the weekend to ensure it meets forest health and public safety goals including air quality.
For more information about prescribed fire planned on the forest this spring, or to see maps and photos of treatment areas visit the maps and photos tab.