Helena set for winter prescribed burns on Mount Helena, Ascension

The city of Helena is set to conduct prescribed burning on its open lands beginning Wednesday.

The city made the announcement in a news release Tuesday, stating it has a policy that allows for prescribed burning activities between Nov. 1 and April 15. All burning is weather dependent.

Helena’s Open Lands Division will coordinate pile burning on Mount Ascension and Mount Helena throughout that time period.

“The burning activities will involve the ignition of brush piles located within forest fuel treatment units that total 125 acres collectively,” the news release states. “The piles were accumulated from forest thinning work that took place from 2020 – 2023.”

The ignited piles will be monitored to ensure safety and air quality compliance.

City crews will focus on Mount Helena adjacent to the McKelvey Trails and Mount Ascension in the vicinity of the After Shock, Archery Range and Entertainment trails.

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The news release states copies of the Prescribed Burn Policy for Helena Open Lands will be available for inspection during normal office hours by interested parties at the City-County Building, 316 Park Ave.

Those seeking further information are encouraged to call the Helena Open Lands Manager Brad

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