May 5, 2013 1:21 PM by KPAX/KAJ Media Center
MISSOULA - Folks west of Missoula may see some smoke in the air this week, with the Ninemile Ranger District planning to set some prescribed burns.
The burns will take place about three miles north of the Ninemile Ranger District in the Stony and Rock Creek drainages in the Ninemile Valley and in the Petty Creek area.
The Stony Creek burns are located along U.S. Forest Service roads 456, 17294, and 17296, and smoke from both the Stony and Petty Creek burns are likely to be visible from Interstate 90.
The Stony Creek burns are part of the Frenchtown Face fuel reduction project. The units to be burned in that area total about 550-600 acres of light slash.
Prescribed burning may also occur on 80 to 100 acres in Printers Creek of the Petty Creek Drainage along Forest U.S. Service road 5553 A prescribed burn of 60 acres in the Corral Creek drainage along U.S. Forest Service road 453 could also be ignited over this weekend, and into next week.
All burns will be weather and fuel condition dependent, and once they happen, recreationists are being asked to be aware of fire crews and vehicles in these areas. Prescribed fire road signs will be posted along the roads where burning takes place.