BLM Logo
Miles City Field Office
Release Date: 03/12/13
Contacts: Contact: Mark Jacobsen    
  (406) 233-2831    

BLM to conduct local prescribed fire operations

MILES CITY, Mont. --- The Bureau of Land Management will be conducting several prescribed burning operations in Custer, Prairie, Rosebud and Garfield counties beginning this week and continuing until the project  objectives have been met.

The purpose of these prescribed burns is to reduce natural fuel levels under controlled conditions. This proactive approach --during cool, wet spring conditions-- will help reduce the threat of wildfire spreading from BLM-administered lands onto private property. 

The following locations are scheduled for treatment:

• Clark Reservoir; Prairie County (pile burning); located north of Miles City.
• Miller Creek; Custer and Rosebud County (prescribed burning); located 22 miles south of the Interstate 94 Moon Creek exit.
• Pumpkin Creek; Custer County (prescribed burning); located 19 miles south of Miles City, east of Highway 59.
• Rich project; Garfield County (prescribed burning); located 17 miles northwest of Sand Springs.

Ignition on these projects will depend upon proper weather conditions and will take place between the hours of 6:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. and smoke may be visible.  Approximately 3,216 acres will be “treated” as part of these hazardous fuels reduction projects.

For more information or to get advice about maintaining defensible space in wildland-urban areas call the BLM Miles City Interagency Dispatch Center at (406)233-2900.

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.

Miles City Field Office   111 Garryowen Road      Miles City, MT 59301  

Last updated: 03-13-2013