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Lewistown Field Office
Release Date: 04/26/11
Contacts: Steve Knox (406) 538-1976    

BLM Plans Prescribed Burn in Petroleum County

The Bureau of Land Management’s Lewistown Field Office (BLM) is planning a prescribed burn this spring in the Tin Can Hill area of Petroleum County; about 15 miles north east of Winnett, Montana.

The project area includes about 4,100 acres of mostly BLM managed public land. There is one section of State of Montana land and a small parcel of private land in the project area. Both the state and the private landowner are cooperators with the prescribed burn.

The objectives for this prescribed burn will be to reduce hazardous fuels and improve forest and range health, plant diversity and wildlife habitat. 

“Prescribed fire can be a great tool for maintaining a healthy landscape and we hope the weather will moderate enough to allow us to burn early this spring. However, before we can burn we need to complete about 12 miles of fire control line as a precaution. It will take about five days to build that much control line, but the actual burn period will only last about two days,” offered Steve Knox, a BLM fire management specialist in Lewistown.

“If we have a chance to burn, this fire will create smoke for several days; however we will be working closely with local fire officials and area landowners to avoid undue concern,” Knox added.

All aspects of this prescribed burn will be conducted and monitored by fire personnel from the BLM and Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation. 

For additional information about the Tin Can Hill prescribed burn, contact Steve Knox at (406) 538-1976. 

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