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Controlled burn kicking up smoke from Mount Sentinel

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MISSOULA - The smoke that some folks have reported seeing from Mount Sentinel on Wednesday is nothing to be concerned about.

A controlled burn is taking place on the southwest face of the mountain and many residents have reported seeing smoke from the area.

The fire is a controlled burn which is part of a forest restoration thinning project on city-owned open space, according to Missoula Parks and Recreation spokeswoman Rebecca Goodrich.

She added that city contractors have a valid burning permit from Missoula County and are attending the fire. The Missoula Fire Department and 911 Emergency Services are aware of the project.

Goodrich points out that, "tree thinning is an important forest management tool; it helps maintain the health and vigor of forested areas, reduce fire hazards and help prevent disease and insect infestation."

"We regret that residents didn’t receive prior notification of the controlled burn and we apologize for any alarm or inconvenience this project has caused," Goodrich added in a news release.

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