As the summer recreation season approaches, the area left by the Millie Fire is looking sparse.
"All the trees are pretty black," said Lisa Stoeffler, District Ranger with the Bozeman Ranger District.
The wildfire broke out at the end of August, and burned through more than 10,000 acres south of Bozeman.
Stoeffler said dead trees take up most of the land- trees that now pose a hazard. So they're tearing them down this summer.
"Likely we're going to get a huge number of the trees falling on the road anyway," Stoeffler said.
One of the hardest hit areas- the Storm Castle Drainage, a popular hiking and camping area.
Turns out, the biggest impact could be some trail closures and increased traffic in the area.
Right now the road access gates are closed, but Stoeffler says once they open in July, the work will begin.
Workers will remove the trees along 15 miles of road in the Millie Fire perimeter, and do cleanup work along trails.
Michael Garcia owns Northern Lights Trading Company, and said when wildfires tear through the area, he goes to see what was- or wasn't- left behind.
"I'll go hike in an area like that to see what kind damage was done and kind of get an idea of how long it's going to be before it comes back," he said.
Though Garcia hasn't visited the site of the Millie yet, he'll check the damage- then avoid the area, especially as workers hit the woods.
He said he'll likely return in a few years to see how much has grown back.
Stoeffler said there's still years of restoration work to go, but it'll be worth it in the end.
"Very soon it'll be back to business as usual, people will be able to use the trails and the roads- it'll just be a different landscape," she said.
Stoeffler said the Forest Service will also focus efforts in areas like runoff control, and re-planting trees over the course of the restoration.