The Bureau of Land Management is planning three prescribed fires in north central Montana over the next two to three months as weather permits.
The Woods Bottom Prescribed Fire, administered by the Upper Missouri River Breaks National Monument, will remove surface vegetation on approximately 400 acres of BLM–managed rangelands. The project is about three miles south of Loma. The objective of the burn is to remove all surface fuel to enhance the effectiveness of converting decadent stands of crested wheatgrass to native species.
The BLM Lewistown Field Office will ignite the 10,700-acre Crooked Creek Unit D Prescribed Fire Project 30 Miles northeast of Winnett, and the 15-acre Limekiln Canyon Prescribed Fire Project seven miles northeast of Lewistown. The primary objective of the Crooked Creek 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, the 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 Mike Solheim at 406-538-1976.