The Missoula Ranger District will burn about 500 acres in the Rock Creek drainage near Cougar Creek, approximately 20 miles south of Interstate 90, beginning Friday, if conditions allow.
The burning is intended to reduce the potential for future wildfires, along with achieving ecosystem restoration objectives. Ignition will take place only if operational safety, air quality parameters, weather and fuel moisture conditions can be attained.
The understory burn will reintroduce low-intensity surface fire to the area, reduce surface fuel concentrations and increase forage for deer and elk. This prescribed fire location is fairly remote and fire managers will ignite it using a helicopter.
The helicopter will be working out of the Miller Flats area to the west of the burn and fire managers are asking the public to be aware of fire operations in the area.