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Release Date: 03/25/10
Contacts: Craig Flentie 406-538-1943    

BLM Plans Prescribed Burning for Spring 2010

Weather permitting, the Bureau of Land Management’s Central Montana District and the Hi-Line District offices are planning to conduct several prescribed burns this spring in central and north-central Montana. 

The BLM has these prescribed fires planned in Fergus, Blaine, Petroleum, and Phillips counties. 

Petroleum County: The 1,350 acre Tin Can Hill Unit D prescribed fire site is approximately 20 miles north east of Winnett, Montana, in the Tin Can Hill area. The primary objectives of the project are to reduce the available fuel load in the event of a summer wildfire and to reduce the stand density of ponderosa pine and the conifer encroachment of adjacent meadows and rangelands.

Blaine County: The Lion Coulee prescribed fire project, located near Leroy, has similar fuels reduction objectives and will also treat timbered areas that were damaged by a strong wind event during the summer of 2002. Part of the project was burned in 2009, and an additional 1,280 acres will be considered for treatment this spring.

Fergus County: The Beckett prescribed burn was implemented in 2006, in order to reduce logging slash and the density of small diameter ponderosa pine. This spring, the BLM will burn the area a second time to further reduce the remaining logging debris and to maintain the mature ponderosa pine stands in the area. The project area is approximately 650 acres in size.

Phillips County: The BLM will continue working on the Guston Coulee prescribed fire project near Malta, Montana.  This project is designed to reduce cactus and cheat grass within the allotment. This prescribed fire will be conducted during the summer months, if weather conditions and fire danger ratings are conducive to safe burning. A summer burn, under drier and warmer conditions, is more likely to be successful in reducing cactus than if the burn was conducted during the traditional spring burning season. Approximately 600 acres remain to be treated.

The Old Burn prescribed fire is a new project that will be implemented this spring if weather permits. It is located just southwest of the Landusky dump and is about 240 acres in size; most of which was burned in a previous wildfire. The objectives for this fire include reducing fuels within the wild land urban interface and maintaining open stands of ponderosa pine.  

All of these prescribed burns are designed to reduce the amount of hazardous fuels available in the event of wildfire and to improve forest and rangeland health conditions.
For further information contact Steve Knox, BLM fuels program manager at (406) 538-1976.

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