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North Central Montana District to Hold Multiple Prescribed Burns Over 9 Months

 

March 18, 2020



(LEWISTOWN, Mont.) – The Bureau of Land Management North Central District is planning five prescribed burn operations throughout the field season when fuel conditions and weather permit safe operations.

The Crooked Creek burn will focus on 3867 acres of federal, state, and private lands in the Missouri/Musselshell breaks, approximately 30 miles north of Winnet, MT. This prescribed burn will ignite in the spring between March and June and is being implemented to aid in reducing conifer encroachment of meadows and to provide for a more resilient landscape to wildfires.

The North Moccasins burn will cover 50 acres and is located on federal lands in the North Moccasins Mountains 16 miles north of Lewistown, MT. This burn will be ignited in the spring between March and June. It is being implemented to improve stand resiliency and diversity and improve wildlife habitat.

The Middle Mooney burn will cover 559 acres and is located on federal lands 7 miles north west of Glasgow MT. This burn will be ignited in the spring between March and May and will help restore crested wheatgrass back to native vegetation.

The Tomato Can Creek burn will cover 350 acres and is located on federal lands 55 miles north of Glasgow, MT and 17 miles west of Opheim, MT.

This burn will be ignited in the spring between March and May. It will help restore crested wheatgrass back to native vegetation.

The North Fork burn will cover 88 acres and is located on federal and private lands 15 miles north east of White Sulphur Springs, MT. This burn will fall between August and November and is being implemented to reduce stand density and provide for a more resilient landscape to wildfires.

All burns will be implemented by federal (BLM/FS/FWS), state (DNRC) and contractors utilizing helicopters, burn modules, torches etc.

The proposed treatments are part of a larger national wildfire reduction strategy guided by President Trump’s Executive Order 13855 – Promoting Active Management of America’s Forests, Rangelands, and Other Federal Lands to Improve Conditions and Reduce Wildfire Risk, as well as Secretary’s Order 3372 – Reducing Wildfire Risks on Department of the Interior Land through Active Management.

The two orders direct Department of the Interior (DOI) and Department of Agriculture agencies to implement policies to improve forest and rangeland management practices by reducing hazardous fuel loads, mitigating fire risk and ensuring the safety and stability of local communities through active management on forests and rangelands

 

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