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Butte Field Office
Release Date: 08/29/12
Contacts: Scott Haight    
  Melodie Lloyd    

BLM Closes Portion of OHV Area Ahead of 19-Mile Fire


BUTTE, Mont. – The Bureau of Land Management Butte Field Office is preparing for public safety in advance of the 19-Mile Fire by temporarily closing all trails in the Pipestone Off-Highway Vehicle Area south of I-90 and near Homestake Pass.  Specifically, the Whiskey Gulch Trailhead and OHV connector routes #24, 25, and 26 are closed until further notice.  The trail closure order was issued today and is effective at noon.

“We’ve had some unpredictable fire behavior in western Montana and with high winds, high temperatures, lightning, and very little wetting moisture in the forecast, we don’t want to take any chances with the safety of our firefighters or the public,” said Butte Field Manager Scott Haight.  “It’s unfortunate with the long weekend coming, but we want folks to be safe.”

The temporary closure will stay in place until further notice, but BLM officials will continually monitor and evaluate the situation.  Most of the Pipestone OHV Area trails north of I-90 remain open at this time.  Should conditions change, however, additional closures may become necessary.
A copy of the order and a map of the closure area are available at the Butte Field Office, 106 North Parkmont, Butte, MT  59702.  For more information on the closure, call (406) 533-7600.  For the latest BLM news and updates visit us on the web at:  and on Facebook 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.

Butte Field Office   106 N. Parkmont      Butte, MT 59702  

Last updated: 08-29-2012