Winter burning projects planned for Central Montana

A controlled burn

HELENA- The Forest Service has announced plans for a series of prescribed burns over the winter months southeast of Great Falls.

The Helena-Lewis and Clark National Forest says a total of 800 acres may be burned as weather permits in the Little Belt Mountains.

The Belt Ranger District: pile burning in the Dry Fork drainage and Monarch Canyon.

The White Sulphur Springs Ranger District: broadcast burning in the Decker Gulch, Mass Creek drainage, and Geis Creek drainage. Pile burning might also be conducted in the Wolsey & Little Belts roadside hazard projects and the Miller Gulch and Newlan Creek drainage.

For more information on the Belt and White Sulphur Springs projects, call Pat Davis at 406-547-6015 or Lisa McDonald at 406-236-5110.

The Judith-Musselshell Ranger District: Pile burning in Spring Creek, Whitetail Creek, Deadhorse Creek and the South Fork of the Judith and Russian Creek drainages.

For more information on the Musselshell and Judith projects, call Marc Hamlen at 406-799-4577 or Kip Colby at 406-632-4391.

The burns will range between one and 500 acres.

Prescribed burns are used to reduce fuel hazards, increase grassland productivity for wildlife and restore native vegetation health.