See smoke in Hoback? Don't worry, it's a prescribed burn

(Jackson, Wyo.) - The Bridger-Teton National Forest is starting of its prescribed fire season with the Teton Interagency Fire Managers and in partnership with the local fire department and land management agencies, by treating approximately 775 total acres within the South Fall Creek fuels reduction project in the Hoback Junction area. The primary objective for the burn is to increase defensible space in the Hoback Junction area, as identified in the Teton Area Wildfire Protection Plan of Teton County. The date of the fire is determined by having appropriate weather conditions which include wind direction and humidity. No specific date has been set for the burn, but Fire Managers are estimating the likelihood of an early April burn. Residents and visitors to the adjacent areas will see and possibly smell smoke coming from the burn. Fire personnel will contact residents and visitors in the area to ensure their safety and answer any questions. The South Fall ignition operations are expected to last 2 to 4 days with the support of ground forces and the local interagency helicopter. Be advised that vehicle and fire operations will be conducted close to Highway S89/26 southwest of Hoback Junction. Firefighters will continue to patrol the burn several days afterwards to monitor for any hazards. Signs will be posted for possible smoke impacts and fire staff will also monitor smoke effects during the burn operations. For more information about this prescribed burn contact Lesley Williams-Gomez, Teton Interagency Fire Information Officer at 307-739-5424, you can also visit the Teton Interagency Fire information website *Feature Photo: Prescribed Fire. h/t J. Michael Wharton via Shutterstock /