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Lightning-caused fire near Hams Ridge
Being allowed to burn for resource benefit
September 19, 2005

A lighting storm ignited the Hams Ridge fire 14-miles north of the Viva Naughton Reservoir on the Bridger-Teton National Forest (BTNF) on Thursday, September 12. A Forest engine crew spotted the fire. Fire officials and resource specialists decided to use the Hams Ridge fire for resource benefit, allowing it to burn instead of actively suppressing it.

As part of an effort to encourage a healthy ecosystem, forest officials review all natural caused fires located in approved areas for potential use as a tool to manage landscape resource benefits. This forest management practice is called wildland fire use.

The Hams Ridge fire is seven-acres in size and burning in spruce, fir and aspen trees. Forest officials are continuing to monitor the fire each day. Currently there are no roads or trails affected by this natural fire. Smoke may be visible from this fire.

Forest users are advised to use caution in the vicinity of the fire as there are many snags and active fire behavior in the fire area. Fire officials will continue to monitor the area for any needed safety precautions.

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