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Date:  March 6, 2009
Contact: David Abrams (406) 533-7600

BLM Plans Burns Near Helena, Marysvile, Clancy And Townsend 

Residents in the Butte, Clancy, Helena, Melrose, Divide, Radersburg, Townsend  and Wise River areas may see smoke at times over the next few months as the Bureau of Land Management performs prescribed burns in four areas, weather permitting.

The first project is Southwest Highlands approximately seven miles northeast of Melrose and 20 miles south of Butte. The objective is to maintain or enhance vegetation structure and diversity to mimic the natural fire regime in fire-dependent grassland, shrub lands and dry forest communities.

Another project is in the South Elkhorn Mountains approximately five miles southeast of Radersburg. Previously harvested units in Johnny’s Gulch and Keating Gulch will be burned to promote forest health and reduce fuels.    

The third project is Sheep Mountain Timber Units which will be burned in Lump/Ohio Gulch about five miles northwest of Clancy. The Clancy project will consist of burning previously-harvested units with the goal of reducing the threat of wildfire, and improving wildlife habitat and forest health. Another project in the Sheep Mountain Piles area, also in Lump/Ohio Gulch, will reduce landing piles created by enlarging the Sheep Mountain Road. 

The last project area is East Bank and Dickie Bridge Piles about seven miles northwest of Wise River. This is to reduce machine piles created by removing hazardous trees within East Bank and Dickie Bridge campgrounds. 

For more information on the projects, contact John Thompson or Charles Tuss at the BLM Butte Field Office, (406) 533-7600.