Wales Creek is a tributary to the Blackfoot River south of Ovando and west of Helmville. The drainage makes up about half of the Wales Creek Wilderness Study Area. The area has not experienced any significant wildland fires that have affected the vegetation due to a full suppression policy since 1929. It is in a mixed and high severity fire regime and has experienced widespread mortality in the lodgepole pine due to mountain pine beetles. It is also occupied by several federally listed species. On September 5th, 2019, the BLM ignited a prescribed fire to reintroduce wildland fire to this area. This talk will be a deep dive into the planning for and implementation of this burn. Topics covered include: fire history, vegetation, mountain pine beetle, NEPA, lynx, grizzly bears, and helitorches.

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Jan 16, 2020
Michael Albritton

Cataloging Information

Fire & Wilderness
Fuel Treatments & Effects
Prescribed Fire-use treatments

NRFSN number: 20750
Record updated: January 13, 2023