Firefighters Burn Slash Pile on Casper Mtn.

Fire crews burned a large community slash pile composed of tree limbs, tops, and more on Casper Mountain beginning Saturday. Because of recent mountain pine beetle infestation, firefighters said the slash pile was much larger than normal.

Typically crews remove about 200-300 trees a year to be burned, but according to a Casper Mountain firefighter, this year they'll be burning about 3,200 trees, making the slash pile about one million cubic feet.

Fire crews say the burning is both a training exercise, and also a way to ensure firefighters that community members won't be trying this at home. The debris should continue to burn for about a week.