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Butte Field Office
Release Date: 04/12/10
Contacts: David Abrams 406-533-7617    

BLM Plans Burns In Southwest Montana

Residents in the Butte, Melrose, Divide, Radersburg, and Townsend areas may see smoke at times over the next two months as the Bureau of Land Management performs prescribed burns in various parts of southwest Montana, weather permitting.

The first project is scheduled for the Southwest Highlands, about 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, shrublands and dry forest communities.

Another project is in the South Elkhorn Mountains, about 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 prescribed burns should begin sometime in the last week of April and will continue for up to six weeks.

For more information on the projects, contact Greg Campbell at the Bureau of Land Management’s Butte Field Office, (406) 533-7600.

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 sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of America’s public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations. In Fiscal Year 2015, the BLM generated $4.1 billion in receipts from activities occurring on public lands.

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Last updated: 06-28-2012