Monday, March 21, 2016

BLM to Conduct Burn on Fort Meade Recreation Area

Update at 2:56 pm on March 21
Photo credit: John Snyder
Photo of the Fort Meade North Prescribed Burn near Sturgis, SD.

Update at 1:14 PM on March 21

  • Ignitions were completed at 12:35 PM on the prescribed burn at the Fort Meade Recreation Area.
  • Objectives were met and the burn was a success.

Posted at 11:06 AM on March 21
(BELLE FOURCHE, S.D.) --- The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) plans to conduct a 38 acre prescribed burn on the Fort Meade Recreation Area near Sturgis today.

Burning will only take place as weather conditions allow and when weather conditions are favorable. Burning operations will be completed in one day. Local authorities will be contacted by the BLM prior to any burning taking place.

This prescribed burn is planned for the north half of the Fort Meade Recreation Area, north of Highway 34 and east of the Muzzleloader Shooting Range. Smoke will likely be visible from State Highway 34, State Highway 79 and the city of Sturgis. Smoke will be monitored to minimize impacts to sensitive areas.

The prescribed burn is being conducted to reduce hazardous fuels accumulations, rejuvenate native plant species and to improve forage quality by reducing plant litter and decadent grass.

For additional information please call the South Dakota Field Office at 605-892-7000.