A prescribed burn in the Snake River and Hoback area has been planned for this spring. According to information provided by the Bridger-Teton National Forest, ignition will take place as weather allows “over the next couple weeks.”
“Interagency fire managers are hoping to finish the final phase of the Palmer portion of the Hoback Junction Fuel Reduction Project,” said Angelica Cacho, public affairs specialist with the Bridger-Teton National Forest.
According to the Forest Service, the project consists of 150 acres near the “confluence of the Hoback and Snake Rivers on the Jackson Ranger District of the Bridger-Teton National Forest.”
“This single unit is within the larger Palmer Creek prescribed burn where 400 acres were treated with fire in the fall of 2012,” said Cacho. “The primary objective for the Palmer burn is to increase defensible space in the Hoback Junction area for public and firefighter safety by increasing sagebrush age class diversity, removing encroaching conifers in openings and increasing aspen presence adjacent to private land along forest boundaries.”
Breaking up the “continuity of vegetation and reducing the fuels increases the ability for firefighters to successfully protect community values at risk from an unwanted wildland fire,” said Cacho.
According to the Forest Service, implementation of the burn is expected to take one to two days during the ignition phase.
“At this time it is uncertain if managers will have a spring burn window due to cold weather, rain, and snow loads still in the area,” said Cacho. “A fall implementation is possible if given favorable burning conditions later in the year. Expect increased vehicle traffic and temporary short-term closures of the Palmer Creek Trail during burn implementation. Smoke will be visible at times and may be a nuisance. You may see open flames, smoke and falling snags can happen at any time. Use caution and be aware of changing weather conditions and fire behavior.”