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Date:  March 16, 2009
Contact: Mark Jacobsen (406) 233-2831

BLM to Conduct Burns in Dawson County  

The BLM Miles City Field Office will be burning slash piles in the Sand Creek area of Dawson County approximately seven miles south of Glendive between March 17 and April 30. 

Burning will occur between the hours of 6 a.m. and 6 p.m. and smoke may be visible. Approximately 50 piles of non-marketable timber and debris will be burned as proper weather conditions permit.

The piles are a byproduct of a hazardous fuels reduction project that was conducted after the Box Elder Fire of 2006, which burned about 34 acres in Dawson County. The BLM treated the fire area in order to stabilize soils and salvage marketable timber which included post and pole sales. The overall project is intended to reduce the threat of wildfire spreading from BLM-administered lands onto adjacent private land in this area. 

For more information on the burning or to get advice about maintaining defensible space around buildings in wildland-urban areas call the BLM Miles City Interagency Dispatch Center at (406)233-2900.

The BLM manages more land – 256 million acres – than any other federal agency. This land, known as the National System of Public Lands, is primarily located in 12 Western states, including Alaska. The Bureau, with a budget of about $1 billion, also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. The BLM’s multiple-use mission is to sustain the health and productivity of the public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations. The Bureau accomplishes this by managing such activities as outdoor recreation, livestock grazing, mineral development, and energy production, and by conserving natural, historical, cultural, and other resources on public lands.

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