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Date: September 15, 2008
Contact: Ann Boucher (406) 896-5011
Prescribed Burns Planned South Of Potomac And West Of Helmville
Smoke may be visible during the next few weeks in the mountains south of Greenough and west of Helmville.
The Missoula Field Office of the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is preparing for several prescribed burns this fall. The first burn is located in the Murray Creek drainage ten miles west of Helmville and is 110 aces. The second is in the Elk Creek and Keno Creek drainage about ten miles southeast of Greenough, and is 40 acres in size. Each of these burns will take up to five days to complete and will take place when weather and fuel conditions are favorable, but could occur anytime over the next month.
The prescribed burns will reduce the amount of fuel in the area by removing hazardous fuels. By removing the small, “ladder fuels” and down woody debris, the risk of large, catastrophic wildfires is also reduced. Fuels specialists are attempting to restore the historic conditions characterized by large diameter ponderosa pine and Douglas fir with intermittent openings.
Firefighters will ignite these prescribed burns by hand using drip torches. If you have questions, or want more information about these prescribed burns, please contact Shelagh Fox or Michael Albritton at the Missoula Field Office, phone 329-3914.