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By Andi Bourne

BLM reintroduces fire in Wales Creek Wilderness Study Area


September 12, 2019

Andi Bourne, Pathfinder

The Bureau of Land Management lit a prescribed burn near Chamberlain Mountain Thursday, Sept. 5. The stand-replacing fire punched a smoke column straight up that could be seen for miles. There were no control issues and the area has received more than two inches of rain since Thursday.

The Bureau of Land Management Missoula Field Office completed a 660 acre prescribed burn near Chamberlain Mountain in the Wales Creek Wilderness Study Area, nine miles southeast of Clearwater Junction Thursday, Sept. 5. This project has been planned since 2016. BLM Fire Management Specialist Steve Hancock said everything lined up perfectly to complete the stand-replacing burn.

The project area was 1,000 acres within a wilderness study area. There were no roads in the area so natural barriers were used to contain the fire. The unit was above 6,500 feet and is designated as a special lynx hab...

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