Montana Public Radio

Prescribed Burns Underway Across Western Montana

May 6, 2021

Firefighters are conducting prescribed burns on both the Lolo and Lewis & Clark National Forests. Area residents may notice the smoke.

Missoula residents may have seen and smelled the smoke coming from the Ninemile valley and I-90 corridor over the past couple days. Lolo National Forest Ninemile District Ranger Tammy Fletcher says there are two prescribed burn projects happening.

“Firefighters are conducting prescribed burning on two different units in this area. One unit is 100 acres and the other is up to 140 acres.”

Fletcher says both of those projects should wrap up Thursday evening. 

There’s also a 40-acre burn this week in the Superior Ranger District. 

The Lewis & Clark National Forest is burning hundreds of acres in the Lincoln and Judith-Musselshell ranger districts. People may see and smell smoke coming from 16 miles northwest of Harlowton and through the Lincoln Valley. 

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