Thursday, October 27, 2016

Prescribed Fire Planned Friday, October 28, 2016 near Hill City, SD

Rapid City, SD – Black Hills National Forest Central Zone Fire is planning to ignite 345 acres on the Whaley project on Friday, October 28, weather permitting.

This project is located approximately 1.25 miles north east of Hill City, northwest of the Three Forks junction of Hwy 385 and US 16.

Weather conditions will be monitored closely to assure prescribed fire conditions align with management objectives for the burn.

Objectives of the burn are to reduce hazardous fuels in an effort to create and maintain a forested landscape that inhibits the spread of unwanted fire to crowns of trees. The burn will also provide additional forage for wildlife species.

Smoke may be visible from Hill City and Rapid City, South Dakota and surrounding areas, and can linger for several days after ignition has been completed. Forest Service crews will secure, patrol, and monitor fire lines for as long as needed. For more information on smoke management visit:

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