Tuesday, October 9, 2018

Piles to be Burned Today, October 9 on Black Hills National Forest

Silver City, SD – Forest Managers are continuing to reduce hazardous fuels across the Black Hills National Forest.

Starting today, October 9, & continuing through the week as conditions permit, Mystic fire will be burning piles located 1.5 miles northwest of Silver City, SD.

Smoke may be visible from Hwy 385, Silver City Road and Jenny Gulch Road. Smoldering material may continue to burn days after burning operations are completed and firefighters will monitor and check the piles for several days after they have been lit.

Piles are created from timber sale slash and tree thinning operations.

Officials appreciate the support from local communities and said that reducing fuels this time of year makes fire suppression operations safer during the summer months.

Public safety and firefighter safety are the top priority when considering any prescribed burn operation on the landscape. Precipitation, wind, temperature, fuel moisture and staffing all play a part in when and whether ignition occurs.

For pile burning notifications, sign up at http://gpfireinfo.blogspot.com/.

For more information on the Black Hills National Forest, visit http://www.fs.usda.gov/blackhills.