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Malta Field Office
Release Date: 07/19/10
Contacts: Contact Rich Adams 406-654-5100    

BLM Planning Controlled Burn Near Malta

The Bureau of Land Management is planning a controlled burn on about 400 acres in Guston Coulee, 15 miles south east of Malta. 

The BLM anticipates the burn will occur sometime between July 26 and September 1. The exact timing will be determined by vegetation readiness, weather conditions (wind direction, wind speed, relative humidity and expected moisture) and staff availability.

This will be the third and last unit to be burned in Guston Coulee. In 2009, BLM burned about 400 acres in the previous two burn units.

This surface acreage is owned by the Bureau of Reclamation, but managed by the BLM. The objective of this range management action is to reduce cheatgrass and prickly pear cactus infestations and improve grazing conditions for livestock and wildlife.  

The BLM has informed other area entities that deal with wildfire and numerous local individuals of the controlled burn. “We anticipate some area residents will see the smoke created by this burn and we want to do our best to inform everyone of the potential and not create undue concern,” according to Rich Adams, BLM’ s Malta Field Manager. 
If you have questions about this controlled burn please contact Rich Adams or B. J. Rhodes in the Malta Field Office at 654-5100.

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.

Malta Field Office   501 S. 2nd Street      Malta, MT 59538  

Last updated: 06-28-2012