(Neb)-Forest Service Burning Slash Piles South Of Chadron Today
CHADRON - The U-S Forest Service is taking advantage of the combination of cold temperature, snow on the ground, and little wind to burn several timber slash piles about 15-miles southwest of Chadron off Table Road today.
The slash, generally limbs and branches, are from trees removed as part of a mechanical thinning project intended to improve the health of the forest by giving the remaining trees more access to sunlight and nutrients, and to reduce the chances of a catastrophic wildfire by removing fuels.
Although the weather criteria for burning slash piles aren't as narrow as for full prescribed burns, the Forest Service generally tries to limit pile burning to when there is snow on the ground to further reduce the chances of the fire spreading. Several more pile burnings are tentatively scheduled south of Chadron this winter.
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