Porcupine Wildfire

The Porcupine herd photographed last winter in their usual winter habitat north of Riverhouse BBQ & Events and east of Hwy. 191. The area was impacted by a wildland fire late in the fall of 2020. PHOTO COURTESY OF MICHELLE NIERLING

Spring survival

So far so good for the Porcupine elk herd that garnered concern from wildlife officials. Six hundred fifty acres of the herd’s winter habitat went up in flames in a late season wildland fire.

Local elk will be battling deeper snow in their search for food this winter. PHOTO BY JANA BOUNDS

Elk on the move

The area elk herd will be on the move this winter, navigating pitfalls of Big Sky’s late season Porcupine Wildfire that ate up over 650 acres of United States Forest Service and Fish, Wildlife & Parks land.

Caleb Schreiber, assistant fire management officer for the Bozeman Hebgen Lake Ranger District shows the difference and distance between the small controlled burn to the south and the over 600 acre wildlife to the north that started in the canyon on Thursday. PHOTO BY JANA BOUNDS

Investigation underway

Six hundred fifty acres of United States Forest Service and Fish, Wildlife and Parks land were ablaze this past week near Big Sky. The tally of scorched acres climbed significantly after an aircraft was able to gps the fire. No private land or structures were damaged.

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