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U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR
BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT NEWS RELEASE
Missoula Field Office
 
Release Date: 04/07/14
Contacts: David Abrams , 406-533-7617 , dabrams@blm.gov

Missoula BLM Plans Controlled Burns near Helmville, Philipsburg


MISSOULA (April 7, 2014) – Smoke may be visible periodically during the next two months in the mountains near Helmville and Philipsburg as the Bureau of Land Management’s Missoula Field Office conducts controlled burns.

A 200-acre burn is planned for the Gallagher Creek drainage, a tributary of Nevada Creek, about 12 miles southwest of Helmville.  The burn may take up to two weeks to complete and will take place when weather and fuel conditions are favorable, but could occur anytime over the next two months.

Firefighters will light the controlled burn by ground ignition using drip torches and by air using a helicopter and plastic sphere dispenser.

Another burn will be in the Upper Willow Creek Drainage, a tributary of Rock Creek, about 11 miles northwest of Phillipsburg.  The 87-acre burn may also take up to two weeks to complete and will take place when weather and fuel conditions are favorable, but could occur anytime over the next month.

Firefighters will light this controlled burn by ground ignition using drip torches.

Both controlled burns will reduce the amount of vegetation in the area.  Fire specialists are attempting to restore the historic vegetative conditions characterized by large-diameter Douglas fir and lodgepole pine with intermittent openings of mountain big sagebrush. By removing the small, “ladder fuels” and down, woody debris, the risk of large wildfires is also reduced.  The controlled burns are the final phase of ecological restoration treatments in the area that have included the salvage of beetle-killed lodgepole pine.
            
For more information, contact Steve Hancock at the Missoula Field Office at (406) 329-3869.



The BLM manages more than 245 million acres of public land, the most of any Federal agency. This land, known as the National System of Public Lands, is primarily located in 12 Western states, including Alaska. The BLM also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. The BLM's mission is to manage and conserve the public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations under our mandate of multiple-use and sustained yield. In Fiscal Year 2013, the BLM generated $4.7 billion in receipts from public lands.
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