(LEWISTOWN, Mont.) – The Bureau of Land Management is planning to implement five prescribed fires in the North Central Montana District over the next 3-4 months as weather permits.

The prescribed burns are designed to reduce hazardous fuels and improve forest and rangeland health conditions.

The Mooney Coulee Prescribed Fire, administered by the Glasgow Field Office, will remove surface vegetation on approximately 700 acres of BLM –managed rangelands. The project is approximately seven miles northwest of Glasgow, Mont. The objective of the burn is to remove all surface fuel to enhance the effectiveness of converting decadent stands of crested wheat grass to native species.

The Theony Willow Prescribed Fire, also administered by the Glasgow Field Office, will treat about 150 acres 50 miles northwest of Glasgow, Mont.

The Upper Missouri River Breaks National Monument is planning to implement the 300-acre Woods Bottom Prescribed Fire about one mile south of Loma, Mont.

The Lewistown Field Office will implement the 2,500-acre Tin Can Hill Unit I Prescribed Fire Project 15 Miles northeast of Winnett, Mont.; and the 25-acre Limekiln Canyon Prescribed Fire Project seven miles northeast of Lewistown, Mont. The primary objective of the Tin Can Hill Unit I Prescribed Fire 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.

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

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