"Pile burning will be ongoing throughout the next two weeks. The piles will be burned as long as the weather conditions allow," said the Forest Service on Thursday. Photo: USFS

JACKSON, Wyo. — Annual slash pile burning on the Bridger-Teton National Forest (BTNF) will continue through November announced officials on Thursday.

“Pile burning will be ongoing throughout the next two weeks. The piles will be burned as long as the weather conditions allow,” said the Forest Service. “Crews will remain in the Phillips Ridge area to patrol and keep an eye out for creeping fire behavior and also remove any snags that might threaten the trails in the area. Please do not report.”

Piles are typically a result of fuels reduction projects on the Bridger-Teton National Forest. Pile burning removes undesirable fuels for long-term public safety and is an important part of the USDA Forest Service fire/fuels annual program of work.

Forest users and the public should be aware of and expect to see smoke throughout the upcoming months. Piles may be burned near communities, travel routes, and popular recreation areas. Officials have asked the public to use caution when accessing these areas. The Forest may temporarily restrict access to an area while burning operations are underway to allow firefighters to work most efficiently.

“Pile burning is highly weather dependent,” said Assistant Fire Management Officer Josh Erickson for the Bridger-Teton National Forest. “As areas come into favorable weather conditions, specialists will hand ignite piles. This process relies on coordination with the National Weather Service and Air quality regulators to determine the best possible weather conditions that promote smoke dispersal and limit smoke impacts to local and regional communities.”

Planned slash pile burns in the Jackson Ranger District include:

  • Phillips Ridge off of Hwy 22 to Fish Creek
  • Cottonwood Work Center off of Fall Creek Road
  • Bryan Flats Guard Station south of Hoback Junction
  • Gros Ventre area – fence post piles

For more information about BTNF’s planned burns this fall click here.

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Caroline Chapman is a Community News Reporter. She's a lover of alliteration, easy-to-follow recipes and board games when everyone knows the rules. Her favorite aspect about living in the Tetons is the collective admiration that Wyomingites share for the land and the life that it sustains.