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Malta Field Office
Release Date: 01/04/11
Contacts: Steve Knox 406-538-1976    

Malta Field Office Plans Slash Burning Projects for Winter 2011

As a result of favorable snowfall conditions, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is planning several slash pile burn projects on BLM managed public land in the Little Rocky Mountains. 

These burns will eliminate slash related fuels that were generated from the completion of several forest health and hazardous fuels reduction projects over the past two years. 

Most of the individual slash piles to be burned are scattered over a 300-acre area near Landusky, Montana. The other slash piles are spread over a 20-acre area near Zortman, Montana. Burning will proceed over the next few weeks as conditions allow (and only if the area has adequate snow cover to limit the potential for a fire to spread). 

“While the impacts to air quality are generally anticipated to be minimal and of short duration, the smoke may be visible for many miles while we’re burning,” according to Steve Knox, a BLM fire management specialist in Lewistown. 

For additional information please call Steve Knox at (406) 538-1976 or email at

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