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Butte Field Office
Release Date: 08/08/11
Contacts: David Abrams 406-533-7617    

BLM Limits Shooting in North Hills

After a weekend fire burned about two acres in the North Hills near Helena, the Bureau of Land Management’s Butte Field Office is restricting firearm shooting in that area starting Aug. 9.

The small fire started on public lands 10 miles northeast of Helena around 1:30 p.m. Sunday. It was believed to have been caused by a person or persons discharging a firearm. Though the flames on lands managed by the BLM were suppressed, officials are concerned that similar incidents could threaten public safety while vegetation is dry and fire-prone.

The posted notices restrict all forms of shooting—including firing a tracer or other incendiary device—in the North Hills area until further notice.

A copy of the restriction order and a map of the affected area are available at the Butte Field Office.

For more information, call (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