More smoke expected as prescribed burn continues near Darby

Posted at 9:20 PM, Sep 25, 2018
and last updated 2018-09-25 23:35:13-04

(DARBY)- Residents in the southern Bitterroot will see more smoke Wednesday, as Bitterroot National Forest crews continue a prescribed burn aimed at reducing future risk of an uncontrolled wildfire.

Crews set off the burn Tuesday, burning about 80-acres on logging units that are part of the Como Forest Health Project. That’s a multi-year effort to remove excess fuels, cutting the risk of fire, but also to improve forest health.

Another 40-acres are set to be burned on Wednesday, with the fire being ignited around 10 in the morning.

Bitterroot National Forest spokesman Tod McKay says the smoke will be very visible southwest of Hamilton and northwest of Darby throughout the afternoon. McKay says emergency dispatchers were inundated with calls Tuesday, and the agency wants people to know there’s no reason to call 9-1-1 if you see smoke in the area of Lake Como.