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Date:  April 16, 2008
Contact:  Marilyn Krause  (406) 533-7617    

BLM Plans Prescribed Burns South of Butte, Clancy Area, 
and South Elkhorns

Three separate burns are planned for areas in southwest Montana by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) in cooperation with other agencies. Depending on weather and vegetation conditions, the burns could take place anytime until the end of May.

Residents in Butte and Melrose may see smoke from the 1000 acre area south of the Soap Gulch Road and north of the Camp Creek Road. The burn unit is directly south of Pandora Mountain and King and Queen Hill is near the center of the project area. 

The second area is in the South Elkhorn Mountains approximately 5 miles southeast of Radersburg. About 400 acres of timber harvest areas in the Johnny’s Gulch and Keating Gulch are slated to be burned.

Clancy residents may see smoke from the third project area – the 200 acre Lump Gulch/Ohio Gulch area about 5 miles northeast of Clancy.

BLM smokejumpers from Boise, and firefighters from the BLM and Forest Service will be sharing personnel and equipment to complete the burns. All three burns will reduce the wildfire hazard while improving wildlife habitat and forest/rangeland health.