Monday, January 22, 2018

1-22-2018 Pile Burning

State handcrews will be burning small slash piles at the following locations: 
  • Bear Mountain will be burning piles in Hermosa – approximately 150 piles.
  • Black Hats will be burning piles at 2 Hour Rd in Custer – approximately 175 piles.
The piles will continue to be monitored throughout the week.  

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

1-17-18 Pile Burning

  • Black Hills National Forest Hell Canyon fire is planning to burn piles approximately 9 miles southeast of Four Corners, WY starting today and continuing through the week.

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

January 16, 2018 Pile Burning

Black Hills National Forest Bearlodge fire is planning to burn 100-150 hand piles around Loop B at Cook Lake Campground this week, weather dependent. Smoke will be visible from Cook Lake and Warren Peak.

Crews made it to Custer and determined there was not enough snow to burn piles today. They will now be burning about 100 piles at the Boulder Canyon Project in Sturgis. 

South Dakota Handcrews will be burning around 100 piles today near 2 Hour Road in Custer.

Friday, January 12, 2018

1-12-18 Pile Burning

  • Black Hills National Forest Northern Hills fire is burning piles N of Custer Crossing Rd.  SW of Custer Peak today, 1/12/18.

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

1-10-18 Pile Burning

  • Black Hills National Forest Mystic fire will be burning hand piles today, 1/10/18 – Friday, 1/12/18. Piles are located approximately ½ mile east of Hill City, SD.

Monday, January 8, 2018

1-8-18 Pile Burning

  • Black Hills National Forest, Northern Hills Ranger District fire will be burning several piles over the next two weeks as conditions permit. The piles are located on Limestone Ridge, off FSR 733, north of Rochford off of north Rochford road (County Rd. 17), south of Flagstaff Mountain and off FSR 155.1. Smoke could impact areas north of Rochford, the central Tinton area and Vanocker Canyon.

Wednesday, January 3, 2018

1-3-18 Pile Burning

Black Hills National Forest Pile Burning Information:
  • Hell Canyon fire will burn about 100 piles near Summit Ridge in the southern Black Hills.
  • Northern Hills fire will be burning piles in multiple locations today including: Beartown near Iron Creek Lake, 3 piles in the Custer Peak Gravel Pit, West Side of Hardy Guard Station and at Boxelder Job Corps, near Nemo, SD.

Piles Burning to occur in Custer State Park

Custer, SD; January 3rd, 2018 – Custer State Park personnel will begin burning piles starting Wednesday, January 3rd  to help reduce hazardous fuel throughout the park.

Starting today and continuing throughout the winter, Custer State Park staff will be burning piles as long as conditions allow. Pile burning will occur along Hwy 16A in the Galena Divide area on the west side of Custer State Park.

Throughout the winter Custer State Park will be working to burn both machine slash piles and hand piles. The piles are created from the left-over non-merchantable material generated by timber sales and from small tree thinning projects designed to reduce fuel loading and fire risk.

Smoke will be visible and may impact local communities surrounding Custer State Park for the next several weeks. Piles can be expected to continue burning for days after ignition operations are completed. Firefighters will continually check and mop-up the piles until they are out.

Pile burning operations will continue throughout the winter as conditions allow.

For more pile burning information check the Custer State Park Facebook page at or contact the Park Office at 605-255-4800.