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Prescribed burn set for Bangtail Mountains

By Katherine Mozzone, KTVM Reporter, kmozzone@ktvm.com
Published On: May 11 2013 06:29:58 PM MDT

Photo Courtesy: gallatinwrp.org

BOZEMAN, Mont. -

Gallatin Valley locals planning to get outside Sunday can expect to see smoke in the Bangtail Mountains mid to late afternoon.

Folks with the Gallatin National Forest are doing a prescribed burn in that area to reduce hazardous trees, brush and other natural fuels to lessen the intensity of a wildfire and maintain natural open meadows in the forest.

Fire managers say the burn is also an important tool for recycling nutrients to improve forage and reintroducing fire to the landscape.

The Bangtail Divide Trail that stretches over Grassy Mountain still has snow on portions of the trail and runs through the burn area.

It will be unavailable for public use during the time of the prescribed burn.  Crews will be lighting the landscape on the ground as well as using a helicopter for aerial ignition.

The Grassy Mountain landscape burn in the Bangtail Mountains includes roughly 350 acres of grassland with a few trees in the open areas.

For more information, you can visit the Gallatin National Forest's website or call the Bozeman Ranger District at 406-579-3732.