Sunday, June 24, 2018

June 24, 2018

392 Fire
Size: 0.1 acre
Resources: Federal and local
Location: on Forest Service lands, Calumet Road and Highway 16,
3 miles northwest of Keystone

Crest Fire
Size: 0.1 acre
Cause: power line
Resources: local and state
Location: on State lands
Contained and Controlled

Monday, June 11, 2018

June 11, 2018

Top Fire

  • Located 6 miles S/SE of Chadron 
  • Size 0.50 acres
  • State and federal resources responding
  • Cause lightning 

(Update)Morning Fire

  • Located 5 miles SE of Chadron, NE
  • Size 0.25 acres
  • Local, State and federal resources responding
  • Cause lightning
  • Contained at 10:00am

Sunday, June 10, 2018

Fire Update 6-10-2018

Elk Creek (3:45 pm)

  • Located 2  miles west of Tilford, SD
  • Size 0.9 acres
  • State and federal resources responding
  • Cause lightning 
  • Contained 6/10/18 @ 8:00 pm
  • Controlled 6/10/18 @ 8:42 pm

Saturday, June 9, 2018

Fire Update 6-9-18

Vanocker (3:26 pm)

  • Located 4  miles west of Sturgis, SD
  • Size 0.1 acres
  • Federal resources responding
  • Human caused
  • Contained as of 6/9/18 @ 5:01 pm and Controlled as of 6/9/18 @ 5:11 pm

Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Fire Update 6-6-2018

Tomahawk (9:04 am)

  • Located 0.75 miles south of Hisega, SD
  • Size 1.5 acres
  • Federal and State resources responding
  • Cause lightning
  • Controlled as of 6/7/18 @ 3:00 pm

Gold Standard (6:39 am)

  • Located 2.5 miles southeast of Pactola Reservoir, SD 
  • Size 0.2 acres
  • Federal resources responding
  • Cause lightning 
  • Controlled 6/6/18 @ 3:06 pm

Spiken Ridge (4:22 am)

  • Located near Heart Ranch (south of Rapid City, SD); east of Neck Yoke Rd. 
  • Size 0.8 acres
  • State and local resources responding
  • Cause lightning 
  • Controlled 6/6/18 @ 10:07 am

Tuesday, June 5, 2018

Fire Update 6-5-2018

Black Miner (7:21 pm)

  • Located 1 mile north of Hill City, SD
  • Size 0.2 acres
  • Caused by lightning
  • Federal resources responding
  • Contained 6/5/18 @ 8:30 pm

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

May 23, 2018

Chimney Rock (10:52am)

  • Located east of Horse Thief Campground, 3 miles south of Hill City
  • .1 acre
  • Caused by lightning
  • Federal and local resources responding
  • Controlled 5/23/2018 @ 2:56pm

Thursday, May 17, 2018

May 17, 2018

Cemetery (2:57 pm)
  • Located in Greyhound Gulch, south of Keystone
  • .1 acres
  • Federal resources responded
  • Cause was lightning
  • Contained: 5:43 pm
  • Controlled: May 18 at 11:00 am
Cheyenne (3:22 pm)
  • Located in Fall River County, near Rocky Ford
  • .5 acres
  • Federal and State resources responded
  • Cause was lightning
  • Contained: 7:21 pm
  • Controlled: May 18 at 1:37 pm
Painted Pony (5:07 pm)
  • Located near Painted Pony Road
  • Federal resources responding
  • Cause was lightning
  • .1 acres
  • Contained: May 18 at 8:00 am
  • Controlled: May 18 at noon
Reausaw Lake (5:35 pm)
  • Located 10 miles west of Nemo
  • Cause is lightning
  • Resources responding 
  • .1 acres
  • Contained, controlled and out: 6:30 pm
Loop (7:11 pm)
  • Located in Custer State Park - Wildlife Loop and Four Mile draw
  • State resources responded
  • Cause was lightning
  • .1 acres
  • Contained and controlled: 8:53 pm
Cinnamon (7:50 pm)
  • Located near Nameless Cave Road
  • .1 acres
  • State resources responded
  • Cause was lightning
  • Contained: 8:39 pm
  • Controlled: May 18 at 11:45 am
Bachelor (8:50 pm)
  • Located west of Hwy 85 on Crook County/Weston County border
  • .1 acres
  • Cause was lightning
  • Contained: 9:55 pm
  • Controlled: May 18 at 10:50 am

Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Lyman Fire

Lyman Fire (4:39 pm)

  • Located 8 miles SSW of Jewel Cave
  • Cause is undetermined
  • Size is 10 acres 37 acres 
  • On Federal land
  • Federal, State and local resources have responded
  • Contained as of May 10th 11:15am and controlled as of 4:30pm

Tuesday, May 8, 2018

May 8, 2018

Victoria (9:36 am)
  • Located near Sheridan Lake Road and Victoria Lake Road
  • .1 acre
  • Contained and controlled as of 10:15 am
  • Cause was lightning
Golden Bear (9 :57 am)
  • Located near Palmer Creek Road, 2 miles southeast of Hill City
  • .1 acre
  •  Contained and controlled as of 11:30 am
  • Cause was lightning

Friday, May 4, 2018

May 4, 2018

No Name City 12:15 pm

  • Located on the west side of I-90 near MM 34
  • Size is .3 acres
  • Human caused
  • Fire has been contained and resources are in the process of mop up

Wednesday, May 2, 2018

Pile Burning in Custer State Park

Pile burning is happening in the Legion Lake Fire burned area in Custer State Park. Burning began on April 30th and will continue for up to two weeks. Smoke will be visible near French Creek Horse Camp, French Creek Natural Area, Swint Draw and Robbers Roost. 

Contact 605-255-4515 with any questions. 

Saturday, April 28, 2018

Fire Update 4-28-18

----Merritt Fire-----


  • Reported at 2:30 am
  • SW of BlackHawk
  • 0.22 acre on private land
  • Resources Responding: Local, City and State
  • Controlled
  • Human Caused

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

4-25-18 Fire Update



----Incident #1-----


  • Reported at 2:50 pm
  • M-Hill
  • Less than 1.0 acre
  • Resources Responding: Local, City and State
  • Contained/ mop up
  • Cause: Unknown

Fort Meade Recreation Area Prescribed Fire

Friday, April 27 Update
Fire Managers have started ignitions for the final day of this prescribed fire. The objectives of maintaining existing stands of older growth Ponderosa Pine, controlling insect and disease infestations, maintaining and enhance native plant species, and reducing hazardous fuels accumulation continue to be met.  Today the intention is to burn 106 acres.  Questions about the burn should be directed to the Bureau of Land Management, South Dakota Field Office at 605.892.2000.  

Photo by Adam Fritz, 4/27/18

Photo from Josh Hoffman, Black Hills National Forest, of the Ft. Meade Rx 4/27/18

Thursday, April 26 Update
The objectives were met yesterday on the Fort Meade Recreation Area Prescribed Fire and 91 acres were completed.  No moisture was received last night over the burn area so firefighters remain in "prescription" to burn according to their Burn Plan.  The acreage goal for today is 88 acres.  Questions about the burn should be directed to the Bureau of Land Management, South Dakota Field Office at 605.892.2000.  
Ignitions have begun, photo by Travis Lipp 4/26/18

Ignitions have begun, photo by Travis Lipp 4/26/18

_________________________________________________________________________

Fort Meade Prescribed Fire, Photo taken by Travis Lipp 4/25/18
Fort Meade Prescribed Fire, photo taken by Travis Lipp 4/25/18

For Immediate Release: April 25, 2018
Media Contact: Bureau of Land Management, South Dakota Field Office
605.892.2000

Fort Meade Recreation Area Prescribed Fire

STURGIS, S.D. –   The Bureau of Land Management South Dakota Field Office will be conducting a prescribed burn on the Fort Meade Recreation Area near Sturgis today through Friday, weather permitting. 

Firefighters are planning on burning approximately 250 acres.  Resource objectives are to maintain existing stands of older growth Ponderosa Pine, control insect and disease infestations, maintain and enhance native plant species, and reduce hazardous fuels accumulation.  This prescribed burn will protect the resource values of the Fort Meade Recreation Area and the adjacent residential property from wildland fire. 

Support agencies for this event include South Dakota Wildland Fire Division, Black Hills National Forest, Sturgis Volunteer Fire Department (VFD), Spearfish VFD, and Rapid City Fire Department. 

Smoke will be visible in the surrounding areas, and can linger for several days after ignition has been completed. Fire crews will secure, patrol, and monitor fire lines as appropriate for public and firefighter safety.  For more information on smoke management, please visit:  http://gpfireinfo.blogspot.com/p/smoke-management.html


- 30 -

Angostura State Park Prescribed Fire, April 25 and 26, 2018

Thursday, April 26 Update
Ignitions have been completed on the Angostura and Sheps Canyon Recreation Areas Prescribed Fire. Firefighters will continue to secure, patrol and monitor the area as appropriate to ensure public and firefighter safety. Smoke may linger in the area for several days after ignition has been completed.
_________________________________________________________________________________



Angostura State Park Prescribed Fire, photo taken by Adam Fritz

Angostura State Park Prescribed Fire, photo taken by Gail Schmidt

Angostura State Park Prescribed Fire, photo taken by Gail Schmidt

For Immediate Release: April 25, 2018
                                                                                    Media Contact: Jeni Lawver,                                                                                                                               605.381.7232

Prescribed Fire to be Ignited at Angostura State Park

Rapid City, S.D. – The South Dakota Department of Agriculture’s Wildland Fire Division and South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks are planning to ignite the Angostura State Park prescribed fire on Wednesday, April 25. Mop up and monitoring will continue the following days.

Firefighters are planning on burning approximately 137 acres. This project is located in the northeast corner of Angostura State Park.

Objectives of the burn are to improve native grass growth and to provide safe and quality training for the firefighting staff. Weather conditions will be monitored closely to ensure prescribed fire conditions align with management objectives for the burn.

Prescribed fire is used to maintain healthy native vegetation and is needed to prevent the encroachment of invasive species. Fire also reduces the hazardous buildup of debris and dead vegetation which can fuel wildfires.

Smoke may be visible in the surrounding areas, and can linger for several days after ignition has been completed. Fire crews will secure, patrol and monitor fire lines as appropriate for public and firefighter safety

Monday, April 23, 2018

4-23-18 Fire Update



----April 23, 2018 Cabin Fire-----


  • Reported at 1:50 pm
  • South of Hwy 16 across from Bear Country
  • Estimated Size: 0.1 acre
  • Resources Responding: Local, State, and Federal
  • Cause: Under Investigation
  • Status: Controlled

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

4-17-18- Fire Update

Limestone fire
  • Reported: 8:00 am 4-17-18
  • Location: NW of Custer off of Custer Limestone Rd
  • Resources Responding: State, Local, and Federal
  • Initial reports are abandoned campfire on private property
  • Contained and controlled

Sunday, April 8, 2018

Incident#1 - Pine Grove Fire




Incident #1*****Pine Grove Fire*****


Updated April 8, 2018 at 6:00pm
  • Reported: 4/8/18 at 11:20am
  • Location: Pine Grove Rd & Neck Yoke Rd
  • Estimated Size: 78 acres
  • Resources Responding: Local and State units released but Federal resources will remain overnight
  • Cause: Human
  • Dozer line around fire

Friday, April 6, 2018

4-6-18 Pile Burning

Black Hills National Forest 
  • Mystic fire is planning to burn hand piles today located off of Neck Yoke Road and FS Road 686. Smoke will be visible for a short duration from Neck Yoke Road, Hwy 16, Pine Grove and Hwy 40.

Tuesday, April 3, 2018

4-3-18 Pile Burning

Black Hills National Forest
  • Mystic fire is planning to burn hand piles within a ½ mile of Silver City, SD, in and around the Sunnyside Gulch area, today & continuing through the week as conditions allow. They may also burn additional piles behind private land on the west side of Hwy 385 and south of FSR 672. Smoke could impact the community of Silver City, Silver City Road, Jenny Gulch and Hwy 385 for several days.

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Mineral Fire (Jacobson Fire) - Update 6:20 pm

Mineral Fire (Jacobson Fire)

Renamed to Mineral Fire

100% Contained

Location: Near Lakota Lake
Report Time:  5:23 pm
Size: 1 acre
Cause: Human
Located on Private Land
State, Federal, and Local resources on scene.  

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Brockett Fire - Update 7:55 pm


Brockett Fire

100% Contained

Location: Silver Mountain, west of Rockerville
Report Time:  5:43 pm
Size:  0.7 acres

Friday, March 16, 2018

3-16-18 Pile Burning

Black Hills National Forest
  • Mystic Fire plans on burning machine piles north of Horse Creek road and west of Highway 385 starting today, Friday, March 16th as conditions permit. Smoke and flame may be visible for several days in the Horse Creek area.
  • Mystic Fire also plans on burning machine piles north of Highway 16 near the Keystone Y today. Smoke and flames will be visible along Highway 16 and smoke may impact the communities of Keystone, Hill City and Rockerville for several days after ignitions.

Thursday, March 15, 2018

3-15-Pile Burning

Black Hills National Forest
  • Mystic Fire is planning on burning machine & hand piles off the 150/Norseman Road today, 3/15/18, as conditions permit. Smoke and flames may be visible from the Colonial Pine Hills area for several days following ignitions. Mystic fire is also planning to burn hand piles ½ mile east of Hill City, SD and south of Old Hill City Road. Smoke may impact the communities of Hill city and/or Keystone. It may also impact Old Hill City Road, Highway 16, 16A, 385 and 244 for several days.

March 15th Fire Update - 9:30 am

Johnson Fire

100% Contained

Location: Off Hwy 16 near Beretta Road
Report Time:  1:36 pm
Size: 3.19 acres
Cause: Human - Fire Investigator has been requested
Located on National Forest Service Land
Local, State and Federal resources on scene.  Forward progress of the fire has been stopped.

White Rock Fire

100% Contained

Location:  Scottsbluff National Monument
Report Time:  5:00 pm  3/14/18
Size: 6 acres
Cause: Under investigation

At approximately 5 pm members of the Gering Fire Department, Scottsbluff County Sheriff’s Office and National Park Service responded to a wildfire in the Badlands area of Scotts Bluff National Monument.  The fire was approximately 30 acres in size and members of the Gering Fire Department quickly brought the fire under control.  The fire is determined to be human caused and is currently under investigation.  Scottsbluff National Monument strongly advises visitors to the park and park neighbors to be mindful of the dry conditions.


Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Johnson Fire- Update 4:20 pm 3/14/18


Johnson Fire

Location: Off Hwy 16 near Beretta Road
Report Time:  1:36 pm
Size: estimated 3.19 acres
Cause: Human - Fire Investigator has been requested
Located on National Forest Service Land
Local, State and Federal resources on scene.  Forward progress of the fire has been stopped.

Monday, March 12, 2018

March 12th Update - 4:45 pm


Elk Horn Rd Fire

100% Contained

Location: Northwest of Piedmont
Report Time:  12:17 pm   3/12/18
Size: 1.49 acres
Cause: Human
Located on Private Land
State and Local resources on scene.  Forward progress of the fire has been stopped.

Silver Mountain Fire

Declared OUT

Location: Private property near SD Highway 16, 3 miles west of Rockerville
Report Time:  12:10 pm   3/3/18
Size: 2.9 acres

100% Contained
Cause: Human


Strato Rim Fire

Declared OUT

Location: 1.5 miles northest of Rockerville
Report Time:  12:29 pm   3/11/18

Elk Horn Rd Fire


Elk Horn Rd Fire

Location: Northwest of Piedmont
Report Time:  12:17 pm
Size: 1.49 acres
Cause: Human
Located on Private Land
State and Local resources on scene.  Forward progress of the fire has been stopped.

Thursday, March 8, 2018

Chimney Canyon Fire - Update 3/9/18

Chimney Canyon Fire  - Update 3/9/18  5:25 pm

100% Contained

Crews made good progress today mopping up.  The fire will remain in contained status and monitored the next few days.

Additionally, the Crooked Canyon Fire and Victoria Road #1 Fire have been called out.
------------------------------------


The Chimney Canyon fire is now 14.18 acres and continues to burn within the 2005 Ricco Fire burn scar.  Resources have secured the edges and will remain on scene throughout the night.   A temperature inversion is expected to move into the area tonight resulting in very smoky conditions across the I-90 Corridor from Sturgis to Blackhawk.   Snags will continue to burn and flames may be visible.  Again, resources are on scene and the fire is being monitored.


*Temperature Inversion - occurs when cold air close to the ground is trapped by a layer of warmer air.  This causes smoke to become trapped close to the ground instead of rising into the atmosphere and dispersing.


Update 3:25 pm
Resources are making good progress despite the amount of dead and down fuels from fires in the past.   The fire is burning in the 2005 Ricco Fire burn scar and is estimated at 5-7 acres.   Having started on private land, it has now progressed onto U.S. Forest Service.  The cause is currently under investigation.  

Location: Northwest of Piedmont
Report Time:  12:43 pm
Size: 14.18 acres
Cause: under investigation (no controlled burns were being conducted in the area today)
Federal, State, and Local resources on scene

Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Cosmos Fire

Cosmos Fire - 3/6/2017
Location: US Forest Service lands near Cosmos Mystery Area, approx. 5 miles SW of Rapid City, SD
Size: .3 acres
Cause: under investigation
Contained @ 10:09 a.m.
Federal, State, and Local resources responded.

Monday, March 5, 2018

March 5, 2018

Crooked Canyon Fire
Location: Private land east of Summerset, SD
Size: 2.2 acres
Cause: human
Contained @ 3:49 p.m.
Federal, State, and Local resources responded.
 

Saturday, March 3, 2018

Custer Gap Fire

.8 acres
100% contained
Nemo and Norris Peak Road

March 3, 2018 Fire Update

Silver Mountain Fire
Location: Private property near SD Highway 16, 3 miles west of Rockerville
Size: 2.9 acres
100% Contained
Cause: Human
State and Local resources on scene.

We will post more information as it becomes available. Please check back later this afternoon for more details.

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

The Helpline Center and Great Plains Fire Information Provide Area Fire Alert Messaging

Subscribe by texting 'GPFire' to 85511

Rapid City, SD – Great Plains Fire Information, comprised of the Black Hills National Forest, Nebraska National Forest and Grasslands and South Dakota Wildland Fire Division, continue to partner with the Helpline Center to notify the public of significant fire activity within the Great Plains geographical area (Black Hills and surrounding areas) using text messaging.

Notification text will be sent to those who subscribe on significant fire activity, including wildland and prescribed fires within the Great Plains Dispatch Zone.

To subscribe, text ‘GPFire’ to 85511. Text ‘STOP’ to cancel at any time.

“Almost everyone has a phone that can receive a text and this gives us another avenue we can reach people with critical fire alerts and messaging,” said Scott Jacobson, Black Hills National Forest Public Affairs Officer.

For more information on Great Plains Fire Information, visit http://gpfireinfo.blogspot.com/.

2-27-18 Pile Burning

US Forest Service
  • Mystic fire on the Black Hills National Forest will be burning hand piles located northeast of the junction of Victoria Lake Road and FSR 150 around Commissary Point. Areas impacted by smoke may include: Whispering Pines, West Rapid City, Victoria Lake Road, Sheridan Lake Road, Hwy 16, Hwy 385 and Hwy 44. 

Friday, February 23, 2018

2-23-18 Pile Burning

US Forest Service
  • Mystic fire will be igniting machine piles in the North Canyon/McGee area. Smoke will be visible for a few days from Rapid City, SD, Sheridan Lake Road, Hwy 44 around Dark Canyon and Johnson Siding.
  • Mystic fire will be burning hand piles tomorrow, 2/24/18, located off Hwy 244. Smoke will be visible from Hwy 244, Hwy 16, Hwy 87 and Hill City. Mystic fire will also be burning hand piles ½ mile east of Hill City and south of Old Hill City Road. Smoke may impact the communities of Hill city and/or Keystone. It may also impact Old Hill City Road, Highway 16, 16A, 385 and 244. 
(Pile burning by Blackhawk - photo by Marci Tubbs, South Dakota Department of Agriculture)

Thursday, February 22, 2018

2-22-18 Pile Burning

Black Hills National Forest fire crews continue to take advantage of the snow cover by burning piles throughout the forest.   Significant burning activity will be occurring around Johnson Siding and the Blackhawk, Summerset and Piedmont areas.


Wednesday, February 21, 2018

2-21-18 Pile Burning

US Forest Service
  • Mystic fire will be igniting machine piles located northwest of Johnson Siding. Smoke will be visible for a few days and can be seen from Johnson Siding, Bogus Jim, Norris Peak Rd, Merritt, Hwy 44 and Nemo Rd.
  • Hell Canyon will be burning about 5 small hand piles 5 miles south/east of Custer. They will burn approximately 10 piles off of Glen Erin Road, 4 miles south/east of Custer and also in the area south of Mayo Road, approximately 5 miles southwest of Custer, SD.
  • Hell Canyon will also be burning small hand piles about 1 mile southwest of Mount Rushmore and approximately 10 hand piles in the Sunday Gulch Summer homes area, about 1 mile north/west of Sylvan Lake.
  • Bearlodge fire will be burning north and east of Sheepnose Mountain, with additional piles near Fawn Creek, east of Cook lake.

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Pile Burning Feb 20, 2018

US Forest Service
  • Mystic Ranger District fire crews will be burning machine piles 1 mile west of the town of Blackhawk, SD if conditions allow. Smoke and flames may be visible from the following areas. Blackhawk, Interstate 90, Peaceful Pines area, Woodland Drive area, High Meadows area Canyon Place, and Nemo road. Smoke will be in the area for the following days after ignition.
  • Mystic fire is also planning to burn hand piles located northeast of the junction of Victoria lake road and FSR 163, around Commissary Point. Areas affected may include Whispering Pines, West Rapid City, Victoria Lake Road, Sheridan Lake Road, Hwy 16, Hwy 385. Smoke may affect the areas for several days. 
  • Three machine piles will be burned by Mystic fire at Sheridan Lake Road and the Taylor Ranch Road intersection. Smoke will be visible from the Sheridan Lake Road, Hwy 385, Three Forks and the Hill City area.
  • Hell Canyon Ranger District fire crews will be burning large machine piles off of Glen Erin Road 4 miles South East of Custer. Other piles will be burned in the area South of Mayo Road approximately 5 miles South West of Custer.
  • Northern Hills fire is burning south and southwest of Nemo, SD. Some of the piles are located along Nemo Road (west side).



Friday, February 16, 2018

2-16-18 Pile Burning

Black Hills National Forest Hell Canyon fire will be lighting machine piles approximately 3-4 miles west of Custer, SD today and will also be burning 5 hand piles in the Camp Remington area.

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

2-14-18 Pile Burning

Black Hills National Forest:
  • Bearlodge fire is burning hand piles produced from a rain-catch/water development enclosure maintenance project, approximately 2 miles North of Sundance, WY. 
  • Northern Hills is burning on both sides Hwy 85 by Preacher Smith Monument, burning hand piles located by Mount Roosevelt Tower and burning by Crow Peak Bench (smoke will be visible from Spearfish, SD and I-90).

Monday, February 12, 2018

2-12-18 Pile Burning

Black Hills National Forest pile burning info:
  • Hell Canyon fire burning piles approximately 5 miles west of Custer, SD in the Upper French Creek area and large machine piles 4 miles south and west of Custer. They will continue burning through the week, weather depending. 
  • Mystic fire will continue to burn hand piles in Sunny Side Gulch by Silver City and piles on the west side of Hwy 385 and south of FSR 672. Smoke may impact the communities of Silver City and may also impact Silver City Road, Jenny Gulch and Highway 385. Crews will continue to burn as conditions allow.

Friday, February 9, 2018

2-9-18 Pile Burning

  • Black Hills National Forest Hell Canyon fire is burning piles on the east side of Buckhorn Mountain and south of Custer, SD in the Carrol Creek area today and tomorrow. 
  • Mystic fire is burning machine piles around the Tigerville area, 5 miles west of Hill City, SD. Smoke and flames may be visible from Deerfield Road, Mystic Road, Tigerville, Newton Fork Road and Hill City.
  • South Dakota Wildland Fire and South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks is burning slash piles near Nemo in Lawrence County and in Custer State Park.
Updated pile burning locations can also be found on the Great Plains Dispatch website:  https://gacc.nifc.gov/rmcc/dispatch_centers/r2gpc/gpcrxrpt.pdf  

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

2-7-18 Pile Burning

  • Black Hills National Forest Hell Canyon will be burning in two areas today. They will continue burning 4 miles south of Custer and will also be burning in the Vestal area located 3 miles north of Custer, SD. 
  • Northern Hills fire is burning east and west of Rochford, SD today (Dump Draw and Bloody Gulch).

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

2-6-18 Pile Burning

  • Black Hills National Forest Hell Canyon fire will be burning around 150 piles, 4 miles south of Custer, SD today, 2/6/18.

Monday, February 5, 2018

2-5-2018 Pile Burning

South Dakota Wildland Fire will be burning slash piles today in the following locations:
  • The Black Hat Handcrew is burning at Homestead Drive in Custer (city property, underneath the water tower) today- approximately 650 piles.
  • The Bear Mountain Handcrew is burning at Boulder Canyon in Sturgis today- approximately 300 piles.
Crews will continue to monitor piles throughout the week.  

The Black Hills National Forest continues to burn piles across the Forest.

Mystic Ranger District (central Black Hills):

• Burning machine piles 3 miles west of Red Rock Subdivision if conditions allow. Smoke and flames may be visible from the following areas: Sheridan lake road west of countryside subdivision, Red Rocks, Dark Canyon Road off Hwy 44, Nordsmen Road, Victoria Lake Road and Hisega. Smoke will be in the area for several days after Ignition.

• Burning machine piles around the Tigerville area 5 miles west of Hill city. Smoke and flames may be visible from Deerfield road, Mystic road, Tigerville, Newton Fork Road and Hill City.

Northern Hills Ranger District:

• Burning machine piles on both sides of Nemo Road and Lucky Strike (southward).

Hell Canyon Ranger District:

• Burning 2 large piles east of Custer, SD on American Center Road.

Bearlodge Ranger District:

• Burning piles at Cook Lake Campground, 13 miles North of Sundance, WY. Piles are part of a fuels project in campground Loop B, just North/Northwest of the main lake/dam.

Friday, February 2, 2018

2-3-18 Pile Burning

Black Hills National Forest Mystic fire is planning to burn hand piles this weekend (2/3/18-2/4/18), continuing into next week, within a ½ mile of Silver City, in and around the Sunnyside Gulch area. Smoke may impact the communities of Silver City and it may also impact Silver City Road, Jenny Gulch and Highway 385. Smoke may be in the area for several days.

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

January 30, 2018 - Bear Butte Fire Update

Bear Butte Fire size update:
     * Due to completion of GPS measurement, the Bear Butte Fire size is reported at 502 acres. Previously the size was estimated at 150 acres.

1-30-18 Pile Burning

Black Hills National Forest continues to pile burn today, 1/30/18.
  • Bearlodge fire is planning to burn piles in Boundary Gulch (FSR 801) today. Piles will be visible from I-90 on the South Dakota/Wyoming border.
  • Northern Hills fire will be burning piles located west of Iron Creek Lake on Old Baldy Road today.
  • Hell Canyon fire is burning piles 2-3 miles SE of Red Bank Spring Campground today.

Monday, January 29, 2018

January 29, 2018 -- Update for Bear Butte Fire

Bear Butte Fire Update

     * The cause of the Bear Butte Fire was escape from a debris burn pile on private property.

January 29, 2018 Pile Burning

Black Hills National Forest is burning piles across the Forest today and continuing as conditions permit.

Mystic Ranger District:
  • Planning to burn hand piles within a ½ mile of Silver City; in and around the Sunnyside Gulch area. Smoke may impact the communities of Silver City and may also impact Silver City Road, Jenny Gulch and Highway 385. Smoke may be in the area for several days. 
  • Burning hand piles ½ mile east of Hill City and south of Old Hill City Road. Smoke may impact the communities of Hill City and/or Keystone. It may also impact Old Hill City Road, Highway 16, 16A, 385 and 244. 
North Zone:
  • Burning machine piles east and west of Rochford, SD. (Dump Draw and Bloody Gulch)
  • Conditions permitting, Bearlodge fire will be burning hand piles at Cook Lake Campground, 13 miles north of Sundance, WY. The piles are part of a fuels project in campground loop B, located north/northwest of the lake/dam.

Sunday, January 28, 2018

January 28, 2018

Bear Butte Final Post @ 7:30 AM
     * Full containment at 2:00 AM
     * Final size to be determined - Last reported 150 acres
     * Local, state and federal resources responded
     * Cause - Under investigation
     * No evacuations were required

From IC Raymond Bubb, "What a difference a day makes!"

Saturday, January 27, 2018

January 27, 2018

Incident #1: Bear Butte Fire

Update at 11:30 pm: From Ray Bubb, Incident Commander, State of South Dakota Fire: 
     * Dozer lines around the fire almost complete. Fire crews are making good progress on strengthening the line. Updates follows. 

     * Reported at 11:40 am - Updated photos at 8:30 pm photos: 
   Updated photos and statement from Ray Bubb, Incident Commander, State of South Dakota Fire: "Fuels burning inside the control lines on the Bear Butte Fire."




   
     * State jurisdiction - Bear Butte State Park, NW side of Bear Butte
     * Approximately 150 acres 
     * Approximately 30% contained
     * County, state and federal resources on-scene. 
     * Evacuations: NO mandatory evacuations. Local area residents on pre-evacuation notice.
     * Incident command post (ICP) established at Bear Butte Visitor Center
     * Media personnel may contact SD Highway Patrol to allow them to travel to ICP
     * Cause - under investigation


 
 
 Photos from Raymond Bubb, Incident Commander, State of South Dakota at 5:00 pm

#BearButteFire






Friday, January 26, 2018

January 26, 2018

Spruce Gulch 
  • Started January 25th at 7:45pm
  • Located off Spruce Gulch Road, east of Deadwood in the Grizzly Gulch burn scar
  • Human caused
  •  Size is 2 acres
  • Local, State and Federal resources on scene 

Thursday, January 25, 2018

January 25, 2018

Incident #1 - High Meadows Fire reported at 4:28 pm
     * 1/4 acre
     * Location - west of Black Hawk and Summer Set area
     * Human caused
     * Private land
     * Resources responding - local, state and federal
     * Contained at 5:15 pm
   

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

1-24-18 Pile Burning

  • Hell Canyon fire on the Black Hills National Forest will be burning piles today located in the Parmlee Canyon area, approximately 3 miles east of the SD/WY border and 9 miles southeast of Four Corners, WY.

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

1-23-18 Pile Burning

Black Hills National Forest Pile Burning Info:

Forest Managers are working to reduce hazardous fuels across the Black Hills National Forest.

Starting today (1/23/18) & continuing as conditions permit, firefighters will be burning piles located in the following areas:

Hell Canyon Ranger District (southern Black Hills)

  • Hell Canyon fire will be igniting Hahn piles East/North East of Custer, if conditions warrant and around 50 Hahn piles, 3-4 miles west of Custer.

Mystic Ranger District (central Black Hills)

  • Hand piles located ½ mile east of Hill City and south of 12491 Old Hill City Road. Smoke may impact the communities of Hill city and/or Keystone for several days; it may also impact Old Hill City Road, Highway 16, 16A, 385, and 244. 
  • Hand piles within a ½ mile of Silver City and in and around Sunnyside Gulch area. Smoke may impact the community of Silver City, Silver City Road, Jenny Gulch and Highway 385. 
  • Burning machine piles 2 miles north and northwest of Johnson Siding if conditions allow. Smoke and flames may be visible from the following areas: Johnson siding, Norris Peak Road, Bogus Jim Road and Nemo Road. 
  • Burning machine piles 1 mile west of the town of Blackhawk if conditions allow. Smoke and flames may be visible from the following areas: Blackhawk, Interstate 90, Peaceful Pines area, Woodland Drive area, High Meadows area Canyon Place and Nemo Road. 
  • Burning machine piles 3 miles west of Red Rock Subdivision if conditions allow. Smoke and flames may be visible from the following areas: Sheridan Lake Road west of Countryside Subdivision, Red Rocks, Dark Canyon Road off Hwy 44, Nordsmen Road, Victoria Lake Road and Hisega. 
  • Burning piles 2 miles west of Hwy 16 on White Horse Road. Smoke may be seen from Hwy 16 Spring Creek Road, Hwy 244 and Hwy 89. 
  • Burning machine piles around the Tigerville area, 5 miles west of Hill city. Smoke and flames may be visible from Deerfield Road, Mystic Road, Tigerville, Newton Fork Road and Hill City. 
  • Burning piles 1 mile NW and 1 mile NE of Hill City. Smoke and flames will be visible from Hill City, Marshall Gulch Road, China Gulch Road, Hwy 16 and Deerfield Road.

North Zone Fire (northern Black Hills)
  • North Zone Fire will be burning machine piles in the Boundary Gulch area today provided snow conditions and other burn parameters are favorable. Piles will be visible from I-90 on the South Dakota/Wyoming border. 
  • Conditions permitting, piles will also be burned on both sides of north Rochford Road, south of Custer Crossing Road turnoff, Nemo Road Elk Creek Subdivision East, north of Dalton Lake Road turnoff and the west side of Vanocker Road.

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.


Update!
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 https://www.facebook.com/CusterStatePark/ or contact the Park Office at 605-255-4800.