Bozeman, MT – The City of Bozeman and Forest Service fire crews are anticipating burning some of the large debris piles in Sourdough Drainage, near the trail this week, starting November 28, or as soon as conditions allow. The Sourdough Trail will be closed shortly for public and firefighter safety while burning efforts are underway.
The large piles are a result of fuel reduction efforts in the city’s municipal water supply associated with the Bozeman Municipal Watershed Project. The project is an effort to be good stewards of our forests and maintain a high-quality, predictable water supply for Bozeman residents.
Burning will only take place when weather conditions are conducive for safe operations. Fire officials work with the National Weather Service to ensure weather conditions are favorable prior to burning, as well as MT Department of Environmental Quality, to ensure opportunities for smoke dispersal.