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Release Date: 09/24/13
Contacts: Kristen Lenhardt, 406-896-5228    

BLM Plans Prescribed Burn West of Columbus

Federal fire officials with the Billings Interagency Dispatch Center are planning to burn brush piles this fall on public lands managed by the Bureau of Land Management in Stillwater County. Burning will occur 10 miles west of Columbus, Mont, next to Yellowstone River Ranch subdivision. Smoke may be visible from I-90 and Highway 78.

The burn could take place anytime beginning September 25 - December 31, and will only be initiated if conditions are ideal for a safe and effective fire. Active burning will occur for one-day periods throughout the fall until the project is complete.

The prescribed fire is planned to improve wildlife habitat and ecosystem health, as well as decrease the amount of fuels that have built-up in the areas.
Since these areas have not burned in a number of years, a large amount of debris and other fuels for wildland fires have built-up. Decreasing the amount of fuels helps reduce the risk of a much larger, unwanted wildfire.
A detailed fire plan for this burn has been developed in advance and appropriate smoke permits have been obtained from the State of Montana.
For additional information about this burn, contact Project Lead Craig Howells at (406) 896-2971.

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: 09-24-2013