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Billings Field Office
Release Date: 04/10/14
Contacts: Carmen Thomason, 406-896-2836, or Kristen Lenhardt, 406-896-5228    

BLM Plans Prescribed Burns in Yellowstone County

BILLINGS, Mont. – The Bureau of Land Management’s Billings Field Office is planning several prescribed burning operations on BLM-managed land in Yellowstone County during the upcoming spring months.

The prescribed burns will reduce hazardous fuel levels under controlled and prescriptive conditions.  This proactive approach during cool, wet spring conditions will help reduce the threat of wildfire spreading from public lands onto private property.

Burning will occur at Pompeys Pillar National Monument, located 25 miles east of Billings, and at the Sundance Lodge Recreation Area, about two miles southeast of Laurel.  Burning is also scheduled for the Mill Creek area located approximately 17 miles north of Pompeys Pillar.
During prescribed burn activity, visitors need to use caution accessing these areas for their safety, as well as the safety of the firefighters conducting operations. Some smoke maybe visible in the areas.  All prescribed burns depend on weather and fuels conditions that will be monitored closely by firefighters. 
For more information about prescribed burning or to get advice about maintaining defensible space in wildland-urban areas, call the Billings Interagency Dispatch Center at (406) 896-2900.

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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: 04-10-2014