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Dillon Field Office, 1005 Selway Drive, Dillon, MT 59725
Release Date: 11/07/12
Contacts: Contact: David Abrams, Public Affairs Specialist    
  (406) 490-0367    

Dillon BLM to Burn Slash Piles in Beaverhead, Madison Counties

DILLON (Nov. 6, 2012) – The Bureau of Land Management’s Dillon Field Office plans to burn slash piles during the upcoming late fall and winter months in Beaverhead and Madison counties.

The slash piles are residual biomass from several BLM timber sales, and from fuel reduction projects around structures on public land.

Burning the slash piles in a timely manner is the last option for disposing of the material.  If market conditions and time permit, some of the piled slash may be utilized by contractors as biomass, rather than burning.

Smoke from the burning piles may be visible for several days in the following areas:

In Beaverhead County:

Price Creek, Bean Creek and Curry Creek, on the south side of the Centennial  Valley
South of the community of Lakeview, in the Centennial Valley
Rock Creek on the west side of the Big Hole Valley
Shale Creek on the west side of the Grasshopper Valley
South Fork of Everson Creek in Horse Prairie

In Madison County:

Stone Creek, above the Treasure Talc Mine
Aspen Creek, on the west side of the upper Madison Valley
Alder Gulch, 5 miles south of Virginia City

The timing of these burns depends on weather and fuel conditions.  The slash piles will be burned when the ground is covered with snow, or when the surrounding fuels are wet enough to minimize the potential for unwanted fire spread.  Fire managers from the BLM will be doing the burning, with assistance from the Forest Service and the Montana DNRC.  Operations are conducted following air quality standards set by the Montana Department of Environmental Quality.

For more information, contact  Joe Sampson or Kipper Blotkamp at the Dillon Field Office at (406) 683-8000.

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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: 11-07-2012