Spring pile burning south of Star Valley Ranch

STAR VALLEY, WYO — Fire managers on the Bridger-Teton National Forest are planning to burn piles in a 96-acre area located between Cedar Creek and Lost Creek south of Star Valley Ranch.

Certain criteria must be met in order for these piles to be burned, including smoke dispersal conditions, snow or other precipitation in the burn area, adequate staffing, and fuel moisture. Fire managers are estimating that conditions will be right for ignition within the next month, likely late April to mid-May.

Smoke will be visible in the town of Star Valley Ranch, and surrounding area during ignition operations and for a short time after lighting has been completed. Crews will be hand igniting the piles using drip torches.

“The primary objective for this project is to provide greater defensible space and to lower the wildfire risk to homes and private property bordering the Bridger-Teton,” said Fire Prevention Education Specialist Angie Crook. “Fuel reduction projects create more open areas that will help moderate fire behavior during a wildfire which increases firefighter and public safety.”

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