JACKSON (AP) — Forest managers are planning to begin an expansive, yearslong controlled burn project on the Bridger-Teton National Forest this fall in western Wyoming.
The Jackson Hole News & Guide reports that the project in the Star Valley area will be done over a 10-year period and cover nearly 65,000 acres, a tract about a fifth the size of Grand Teton National Park.
The project will be a mix of fuels-reduction work designed to prevent wildfires from creeping onto private lands to the west, and prescribed burns that mimic wildfire's natural role of invigorating browse for elk and mule deer.
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The first burn is set for the backcountry Salt Range subalpine zone.
Greys River District Ranger Justin Laycock says impacts to the public are expected to be minimal.