USFWS conducting prescribed burn at Little Pend Oreille National Wildlife Refuge

(PRESS RELEASE/U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service)

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will be conducting prescribed burning at Little Pend Oreille National Wildlife Refuge from mid-March through May when weather conditions are appropriate. Personnel will be working on projects between Starvation Flat, and Bear Creek Roads.

Access to the Mill Butte Trail may be limited. Prescribed fire operations will likely begin late morning and continue until late afternoon. During this time and possibly into the evening, some smoke may accumulate for short periods. Staff will review weather forecasts and coordinate activities with smoke forecasters to lessen the impact and amount of smoke near project areas.Prescribed fire is a management technique used to improve wildlife habitat, forest health and to reduce the damaging impacts from catastrophic wildfire.

For more information, please contact Refuge headquarters at 509/684-8384.