BLM Field Office plans prescribed fire projects

The Bureau of Land Management is planning to implement two prescribed fire projects in the Lewistown Field Office over the next two weeks as weather permits. 

The 2,500-acre Tin Can Hill Unit I Prescribed Fire Project is located 15 miles northeast of Winnett, Montana.  The primary objective of the Tin Can Hill Unit I prescribed burn is to reduce fuel loads while improving wildlife habitat and grazing forage. Operational objectives include a reduction in stand density and pine and juniper encroachment.

The 35-acre Limekiln Canyon Prescribed Fire Project is located seven miles northeast of Lewistown in the Judith Mountains.  This prescribed burn is designed to reduce hazardous fuels and improve forest health conditions following logging operations.  Needle cast, logging slash and blown down timber are the main hazardous fuels being targeted for reduction during fire operations. 

Expect to see smoke in the area for the next few days up to two weeks.

If fuel moisture and weather conditions allow, these burns will be conducted by fire personnel from several federal, state and local agencies as well as BLM staff from the local office. For more information, call BLM Fuels Specialist Josh Barta at 406-538-1971 or BLM Fire Management Specialist Karly DeMars at 406-538-1991.

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