Laramie Ranger District fire crews hope to take advantage of favorable weather conditions this on Friday, February 20, to conduct a prescribed burn in the northeast corner of the Pole Mountain unit. The burning will take place on Medicine Bow National Forest lands in eastern Albany County.

Crews will use drip torches to carry out burning operations over the course of one day. Operations will not commence unless environmental conditions are favorable to implement a safe and effective burn.

The Forest Service was unable to complete the burn last weekend as planned, but hope to take advantage of this new window of opportunity. As is often the case, fire managers are faced with a small window of time during which to implement the burn, with favorable unit access and fuel conditions, and in front of a forecasted winter storm.

Approximately 100 acres will be targeted with this burn as part of the ongoing Pole Mountain Vegetation Project. The burn unit is off both sides of the 712 Road or Telephone Road near the eastern forest boundary. That area is comprised of a mix of shrubs, sagebrush, grasses, aspen and ponderosa pine.

Smoke may be visible from nearby areas and Wyoming Highway 210, also called Happy Jack Highway, during burning operations. Signs will be placed on adjacent roads notifying the public of the burn. U.S. Forest Service fire crews will routinely monitor the burned area following operations.