Bitterroot National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
1801 North 1st Hamilton Montana 59840
Hamilton, MT 59840
Smoke will be visible north of Lake Como this afternoon as Bitterroot National Forest firefighters are completing a prescribed burn in the Como/Horse Lick units south of Lost Horse. 15 firefighters and one engine are assigned to the burn.All spring burning is implemented in compliance with Montana air quality standards and coordinated with the Montana Department of Environmental Quality to reduce the impacts to neighbors, cooperators, and surrounding communities. Smoke may settle in the valley bottoms and drainages overnight, but is expected to dissipate within a few days. Thank you local communities and public for your support! Fire officials say smoke now is a much better alternative for the forest and our communities than smoke from an uncontrolled summer wildfire. Periodic prescribed burns prevent heavy fuel accumulation that would send a large amount of smoke into the air should a wildfire occur and better protect communities from future wildfires.