JACKSON, Wyo. — The Jackson Ranger District of the Bridget-Teton National Forest will begin prescribed burn operations in the Mosquito Creek North unit, as early as this week depending on weather and fuels conditions, BTNF announced this afternoon.
The unit is about 3.5 miles up Mosquito Creek Road, boarding the western edge of the 2001 Green Knoll Fire scar and is part of the Teton to Snake Fuels Reduction Project.
The Teton to Snake Fuels Reduction Project is designed to decrease the risk of unwanted wildfires that could impact communities in the wildland urban interface, specifically communities in or near Phillips Ridge, Fish Creek, Teton Village, Wilson, and the Fall Creek Corridor, says BTNF.
Teton Interagency Fire managers will utilize ground resources to safely conduct this phase of the Mosquito Creek unit. Smoke will be visible from around the valley and may continue for a few days after ignitions depending on the environmental conditions and the intensity of the burn. Resources will continue to work in the area for several days after ignitions to patrol and manage for public safety.
According to BTNF, prescribed fires are managed under a precise set of parameters known as “prescriptions” which include overall project objectives, temperature, wind speed and direction, relative humidity, current and expected forecast, fuel conditions, available firefighting resources, and time of season. Before burning, fire managers ensure that all the parameters are within their prescribed fire plan so the operations can be conducted safely, and objectives can be met.