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Date: January 17, 2008                               
Contact: Pat Harty 406-538-1983

Lewistown BLM to Burn Slash Piles 
Depending upon favorable weather conditions, the Bureau of Land Management’s Lewistown Field Office will begin burning slash piles on BLM lands at several locations in north central Montana.
The BLM needs to burn accumulated slash piles in the North Moccasin Mountains (west of the Kendall mine) and in the Middle Bench area above the South Fork of Flatwillow Creek.
These slash piles may be burned at any time over the next 60-90 days based on favorable weather.
Recent snowfall and continued cold temperatures will provide good conditions for burning and minimize the potential for a fire to spread beyond the edge of the slash piles.
Once the piles are burned, BLM personnel will continue to monitor weather conditions and snow levels.
“If warmer weather returns, resulting in a loss of snow cover, slash piles will be mopped up and extinguished as necessary,” according to Pat Harty, a BLM fuels specialist stationed in Lewistown.  

For additional information or questions please call Pat Harty at 538-1983 or Steve Knox at 538-1976.