Prescribed fire blacklining scheduled near Winnett

Some smoke will likely be visible Sunday and Monday as Bureau of Land Management fire personnel blackline the Tin Can Hill Unit I Prescribed Fire Project area 15 miles northeast of Winnett.

Anyone traveling in the vicinity should watch out for fire personnel and equipment.

Blacklining is the process of burning off strips of grass and other light fuels to create a wide perimeter around an area where a prescriber fire is planned. Blacklining is a precautionary measure to reduce the possibility of flames or embers escaping the area when the main prescribed fire is ignited.

The Lewistown Field Office of the BLM is planning to implement the 2,500-acre Tin Can Hill Unit I Prescribed Fire Project this spring when weather permits. The primary objective of the Tin Can Hill Unit I Prescribed Fire is to reduce hazardous fuel loads while improving wildlife habitat and grazing forage.

For more information, call BLM Fuels Specialist Josh Barta at 406-538-1971. 

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