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Lewistown Field Office
Release Date: 03/08/12
Contacts: Craig Flentie 406-538-1943    

BLM Plans Prescribed Burn Northeast of Winnett

As weather conditions allow, the Bureau of Land Management will soon begin prescribed burning in a project area called Tin Can Hill Unit B, about 15 miles northeast of Winnett, Montana (an area commonly referred to as the Musselshell Breaks).

The prescribed burning will occur March through June this spring, but will only be initiated when conditions are ideal for a safe and effective fire.  

“While the duration of this burning will be short term (three to five days) it could create considerable smoke and we just want area residents to be aware of the prescribed burning.  We’ll also contact local law enforcement and county fire firefighting forces prior to starting,” according to Josh Barta, a BLM fuels specialist in Lewistown.

The prescribed burning is designed to reduce hazardous fuel buildup, reduce the threat of catastrophic wildlife, reduce stand density, reduce stand encroachment on sage and grass land, and reduce the probability of a stand replacing wildfire event.   A detailed fire plan for this prescribed burn has been developed and appropriate smoke permits have been obtained from the State of Montana.

If you have questions about this fuels reduction project please contact Josh Barta at 406-538-1971, John Seemann at 406-538-1944, or BLM fire dispatch at 406-538-1072. 

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