Forest Service conducts prescribed burns near Superior and Frenchtown


FRENCHTOWN, Mont. - The Forest Service is conducting a prescribed fire near Superior in the next couple days. Crews from the Nine Mile Ranger District are burning about 60 acres in the Roman Creek area, near Frenchtown.

NBC Montana took its camera to Frenchtown. Crews there are burning slash from '08 and '09.

There was  lots of white smoke that billowed up. You could see it from Frenchtown and for miles along I-90.

There are a lot of homeowners in the Roman Creek area. It's a popular recreational spot, with its own folf course.

The Forest Service wants to create as much buffer between private and Forest Service land.

"These pretty days we burn," said Tim Stauffer from the Nine Mile Ranger District. "And we do that to facilitate the air getting up and out. Those transport winds are busy on a day like today."

It's a Forest Service effort to manage fire in April rather than to try to contain it in August.

The fuel the Forest Service was burning in Roman Creek Monday was small-diameter timber.

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