Forest plans slash pile fires; some trails may be temporarily closed

Custer Gallatin National Forest

Forest Service fire crews will be continuing to burn debris piles and larger machine generated landing piles throughout the winter, pending favorable conditions in the northern Bridger Mountains near Battle Ridge.

The piles were generated from the Bozeman Municipal Watershed project, as well as the North Bridger’s Forest Health project. To date, Custer Gallatin National Forest firefighters have burned approximately 127 acres of small hand piles on Bozeman and Hebgen Lake ranger districts, with more burning planned throughout the winter.

Limited trail closures are possible immediately adjacent to any large pile burning in Hyalite, Moser, Leverich and Kirk Hill areas or the vicinity of Battle Ridge, South Brackett Creek, and Fairy Lake Road in the northern Bridgers. Trail closures are expected to be brief, lasting approximately one day, to allow for safe burning and for smoke dispersal.

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Possible trails impacted by closures include Bozeman Creek/Sourdough Trail, above Kirk Hill on national forest lands, and the Moser jump-over trails #460 and #461 in the Gallatin Front area. In the Bridgers, Battle Ridge trail system (#500/632, including the campground), Fairy Lake Trail #500 and Crosscut (Loggers

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