Monday, April 6, 2020

April 6, 2020

Grayhound Fire
Reported: 4:06 pm 4/6/2020
Location: Pennington County, 2 miles SE of Keystone, SD
Size: 0.28 acres
Resources: Federal, state, local
Cause: Human
Status: Contained (6:30 pm 4/6/20), Controlled (2:09 pm 4/7/20)

Tuesday, March 31, 2020

March 31, 2020


Tin Lode Fire
Reported: 9:08 3/31/2020
Location: Pennington County, 2 miles ESE of Hill City, SD
Size: 0.1 acres
Resources: Local, State, and Federal
Cause: Human, slash pile
Status: Contained 9:45, Controlled 10:00

Monday, March 30, 2020

March 30, 2020


Fairview Fire
Reported: 2:29 pm
Location: in Jackson County, 2 miles NE of Cactus Flats
Size: .10 acre
Resources: Local and Federal 
Cause: lightning
Status: Contained (5:00 pm), Controlled (5:45 pm), Out (6:19 pm)


Hazel Fire
Reported: 1:51 pm
Location: Pennington County, 9 miles WNW of Rapid City, SD
Size: 4.4 acres
Resources: Local, State, and Federal
Cause: human-caused
Status: Contained (4:22 pm), Controlled (5:00 pm)

Tuesday, March 24, 2020

March 24, 2020


Clover Fire
Reported: 3:08 pm 3/24/2020
Location: Mead County, 5 miles NW or Piedmont, SD
Size: 0.2 acres, controlled
Resources: Federal and local 
Cause: Under Investigation


MM 5 Fire
Reported: 1:35 pm 3/24/2020
Location: Mile marker 5 of Highway 71, approximately 5 miles north of Ardmore, SD
Size: 0.1 acres, controlled
Resources: Federal, State, and Local
Cause: Railroad

Monday, March 23, 2020

March 23, 2020


Teepee Gulch Fire
Reported: 10:23 3/23/2020
Location: Teepee Gulch Road, Pennington County, South Dakota
Size: .01 acres
Resources: Federal resources responded
Cause: under investigation

Buff CA Fire
Reported: 10:49 3/23/2020
Location: Bordeaux Road area, Dawes County, Nebraska
Size: 0.55 acres
Resources: Federal resources responding
Cause: unknown

Saturday, March 21, 2020

March 21, 2020

French Creek Fire

Reported:  12:01 pm March 21, 2020
Location:  Lower Spring Creek Road, Custer County
Size: 21 acres 
Resources: Federal, State and local resources responded
Cause:  Under Investigation

Wednesday, March 11, 2020

March 11, 2020

Whitetail Fire

Reported:  3:00 pm March 11, 2020
Location:  2.5 miles west of Hot Springs, SD
Size: 4.33 acres and contained
Resources: State and local resources responded
Cause:  Under Investigation

Anti-Horse Broadcast Burn Postponed

Custer, SD, March 11, 2020 – The Anti-Horse prescribed burn planned for today, March 11, 2020 on Black Hills National Forest, Hell Canyon Ranger District has been postponed.

Fire officials have been monitoring the forecasted weather in the days leading up to the burn to determine if the conditions would be favorable. Prescribed fire projects require an extensive planning process to determine prescription parameters based off of Subject Matter Experts, local knowledge, as well as accepted scientific and computer based modeling.

“We have been monitoring our fuel moistures and conditions all week to ensure we were within the parameters of the burn plan to meet the objectives. With the spot weather forecast that we requested this morning, our models are showing several elements on the high end of our prescription. Based off of this information as well as the issuance of the Red Flag Warning by the National Weather Service, we have postponed the burn for today” said Josh Morgan, Burn Boss for the project as well as the Fuels Assistant Fire Management Officer for Hell Canyon Ranger District.

Fire officials said they will continue to look for windows in the future to proceed with the burn, but the Anti-Horse project will be postponed for the remainder of this week due to the expected snowfall in the coming days.


For more information on Black Hills National Forest prescribed fire, visit https://www.fs.usda.gov/detail/blackhills/fire/?cid=FSEPRD575179.


-USDA- 

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Monday, March 9, 2020

Buttes Broadcast Burn Planned Wed. March 11, 2020 on Fish Mountain near Sundance, WY

Sundance, WY, March 9, 2020 – The Buttes broadcast burn is planned for ignition on the Black Hills National Forest Wednesday, March 11, 2020, weather permitting.

North Zone fire crews plan to burn about 100 acres.

The broadcast burn is located in the Black Buttes area on Fish Mountain, approximately 5 miles south of Sundance, WY.

Fire will be confined primarily to the south-facing slope of Fish Mountain and bordered by snow and frozen fuels limiting fire behavior on the north-facing slope. Conditions for this burn are favorable with snowfall forecasted in the area over the next several days.

The primary objective of the prescribed burn is to reduce the potential of severe wildfire that could spread to adjacent lands. Resource objectives of the burn include providing for diverse ecosystems and improvement of big game and songbird/raptor habitat. Prescribed fire will also be used to prepare sites for natural regeneration, increase browse productivity, and rejuvenate foliage.

On the day of a burn, fire managers call the National Weather Service with on-site weather conditions and request a spot weather forecast. This forecast allows fire managers to determine whether they will burn or not based on-site specific weather forecasts. This forecast includes temperatures, relative humidity, winds and smoke dispersal.

Good smoke dispersal is forecasted for Wed. however, smoke may still be visible for several days from I-90, Highway 585 and Canyon Springs Road. Crews will continue to monitor the burn after ignition is complete.

To receive significant fire activity notifications via text, text ‘GPFire’ to 85511. Text ‘STOP’ to cancel at any time and/or subscribe to receive e-mail notifications at http://gpfireinfo.blogspot.com/.

For more information on the Black Hills National Forest, visit, http://www.fs.usda.gov/blackhills or call (605) 673-9200.

-USDA- 

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Broadcast Burn Planned West of Custer, SD Starting Wed. March 11, 2020

Custer, SD, March 9, 2020 – The Hell Canyon District on the Black Hills National Forest is planning to utilize aerial and ground ignitions to burn up to 2,700 acres on the Anti-Horse Project beginning Wednesday, March 11, 2020, depending on weather.

“This is scheduled to be a two day burn, however we may burn into Friday March 13th if conditions warrant,” said Josh Morgan, Fuels Assistant Fire Manager Officer, Hell Canyon Ranger District.

The Anti-Horse Project area is located approximately 20 miles west of Custer, SD and 18 miles east of Newcastle, WY in the Surveyor Hill Road/Jasper Fire area, across from the Tepee Work Center.

One of the units to be burned is located along Hwy 16. Fire officials said the highway will remain open but ask drivers to use caution and turn on headlights. With reduced visibility from smoke possible, please do not stop to take photos along the highway as this can create a hazard for fire vehicles in the area.

The resource objective of the burn is to reduce long term fire hazards and improve health and vigor of forested stands in portions of the Jasper fire area. The 2000 Jasper fire created extensive areas of dead and dying stands. The dead trees have fallen to the ground, creating high concentrations of fuel on the ground that create a hazard to firefighters, the public, and forest resources.

Crews have been preparing to implement this project to meet management objectives for several years and managers will not ignite the project unless the conditions meet the criteria described in the burn plan.

To receive significant fire activity notifications via text, text ‘GPFire’ to 85511. Text ‘STOP’ to cancel at any time and/or subscribe to receive e-mail notifications at http://gpfireinfo.blogspot.com/.

For more information on the Black Hills National Forest, visit, http://www.fs.usda.gov/blackhills or call (605) 673-9200.

-USDA-

USDA is an equal opportunity provider, employer, and lender.


(Photo taken Oct. 2016 on the Anti-Horse Project; Black Hills National Forest)

Friday, March 6, 2020

March 6, 2020


Johnson CA Fire

Reported:  1:34 pm am March 6, 2020
Location:  Whitney Lake Area, Nebraska
Size: 15 acres
Resources: Federal and local resources responded
Cause:  Human Caused

Hwy 40 Fire

Reported:  10:48 am March 6, 2020
Location:  11 miles SE of Hermosa, Fall River County
Size: 50 acres
Resources: Federal, State and local resources responded
Cause:  Under investigation

Thursday, March 5, 2020

March 5, 2020

Fisherman Flats Fire

Reported:  10:59 am March 5, 2020
Location:  SE portion of Custer State Park
Size: 2.86 acres
Resources: State resources responded
Contained: at 12:39 pm on March 5, 2020
Cause:  Under investigation

Tuesday, February 25, 2020

February 25, 2020 - Pile Burning


South Dakota Wildland Fire Division


  • The Bear Mountain Handcrew is currently burning approximately 50 slash piles on the Stone Tree Project. This is located an estimated 5 miles north of Rapid City. 
  • The Black Hat Hancrew is currently burning approximately 100 slash piles in the Cavern Crest area which is located near Johnson Siding.
  • The Custer District Office is burning approximately 40 machine piles south of American Center Road near the western boundary of Custer State Park. Additionally, six machine piles will be burned on Playhouse Road, just off of Needles Highway.
Crews will continue to tend and monitor the slash piles until they are dead out. Smoke may be visible for several days in the surrounding areas.


Stone Tree Slash Piles, photo taken by Donald Henry

Cavern Crest Slash Piles, photo taken by Louden Whirlwind Horse



Tuesday, February 18, 2020

February 18, 2020 - Pile Burning

Black Hills National Forest
  • Hell Canyon fire (southern hills) is planning to burn piles 2 miles northwest of Custer, SD today and tomorrow (2/18-2/19).

South Dakota Wildland Fire Division

  • The Bear Mountain Handcrew is currently burning an estimated 50 slash piles in the Boulder Canyon area today and throughout the week.Crews will monitor the piles for several days. Smoke may be visible for several days in the surrounding areas. Photo by Adam Fritz. 



Friday, February 14, 2020

February 14, 2020

Daughenbaugh Fire

Reported:  12:21 pm on February 14, 2020
Location:  4 miles north of Hermosa on the west side of Highway 79
Size: 4.59 acres
Resources: Local, State and Federal resources responded
Contained: at 1:55 pm on February 14, 2020
Cause:  Under investigation

Tuesday, February 11, 2020

February 11, 2020 - Pile Burning

South Dakota Wildland Fire Division

The Bear Mountain Handcrew is burning slash piles in the Boulder Canyon area today and throughout the week as condtions allow. Crews will monitor the piles for several days. Smoke may be visible for several days in the surrounding areas. Photo by Jonathan Palmer





Black Hills National Forest

Conditions permitting, Mystic Fire is planning to burn hand piles 15 miles west of Rapid City, SD starting tomorrow, 2/12/20 and continuing for the next several days. Smoke will be visible from Highway 385 and Rochford Road.

Wednesday, February 5, 2020

February 5, 2020 - Pile Burning

Black Hills National Forest

Mystic fire will be burning hand piles 10 miles W of Hill City, SD for the next several days as conditions permit. Smoke will be visible from Deerfield Road & East Slate Road.

Tuesday, February 4, 2020

February 4, 2020 - Pile Burning

South Dakota Wildland Fire Division

The Black Hat Handcrew is currently burning approximately 150 slash piles in the Boulder Canyon area today (between Sturgis and Deadwood). If conditions are appropriate, firefighters may continue to burn tomorrow. Crews will monitor the piles for several days. Smoke may be visible for several days in the surrounding areas. Photos by Lounden Whirlwind Horse



Nebraska National Forests & Grasslands

The Pine Ridge Ranger District will be burning slash piles in multiple locations throughout the week of February 3-7. These locations include: near the Hudson-Meng Education and Research Center, two miles South of the Hudson-Meng Education and Research Center, Pasture 20 thirteen miles South of Chadron, and Pasture 35 seven miles Southeast of Chadron. Smoke may be visible near these areas, and our team will continue to monitor these piles over the next several weeks. If you have any questions, please call our office at 308-432-0300. (Photo by Mike Mattmiller)



Black Hills National Forest

Mystic fire (central hills) is planning to burn hand piles, as conditions allow, throughout the week in the Jenny Gulch/Silver City area.

Monday, February 3, 2020

February 3, 2020 - Pile Burning

South Dakota Wildland Fire Division

The Bear Mountain Handcrew is currently burning approximately 50 slash piles on the Stone Tree Project. This is located an estimated 5 miles north of Rapid City. Crews will continue to tend and monitor the slash piles until they are dead out. Smoke may be visible for several days in the surrounding areas. #FuelsReduction

Photo by Donald Henry.




Black Hills National Forest

Mystic fire in the central Black Hills will be burning 2 machine piles today (2/3/20) located on Twin Springs and Old Hill City Road. Smoke will be visible from Old Hill City Road and Highway 16.

Mystic fire is also burning machine piles 3 miles NW of Hill City, SD and will continue to burn for several days, weather depending. Smoke may be visible from Hill City, Hwy 16 and Deerfield Road.

Hell Canyon fire in the southern Black Hills will be burning large piles 2 miles west of Custer, SD for the next several days as conditions permit. Smoke may be visible from Highway 16 for several days.

Monday, January 27, 2020

Broadcast Burn Postponed

Rapid City, SD, January 27, 2020 – The Black Hills National Forest broadcast burn planned for today, January 27, 2020 on the Victoria project has been postponed.

For more information on Black Hills National Forest prescribed fire, visit https://www.fs.usda.gov/detail/blackhills/fire/?cid=FSEPRD575179.

-USDA- 

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Friday, January 24, 2020

Victoria Broadcast Burn Planned West of Rapid City, SD, Mon. Jan. 27 2020


Rapid City, SD - The Mystic Ranger District on the Black Hills National Forest is planning to ignite up to 600 acres (over the next two weeks) on the Victoria Project beginning Monday, January 27, 2020 depending on weather. Smoke will be visible for several miles and could impact surrounding areas. Crews have been preparing to implement the project to meet management objectives for several years.

The Victoria Project area is located approximately 5 miles west of Rapid City, SD off of Victoria Lake Road.

Broadcast burns are applications of fire to fuels, under specified environmental conditions, that allow fire to be confined to a predetermined area, and produces the fire behavior and fire characteristics required to attain planned fire treatment and resource management objectives.

The U.S. Forest Service conducts broadcast burns in an effort of reducing hazardous fuels and/or to improve wildlife habitat and forest health. Certain criteria has to be met in order for a broadcast burn to take place, including smoke dispersal conditions, weather, adequate staffing and fuel moisture. These are all outlined in a burn plan, that is thoroughly reviewed before implementation.

Once completed, the burn area will also serve to lessen fire intensities from naturally ignited fires such as lightning and provide fire managers more options when suppressing future fires.

Forest visitors are asked to be aware of their surroundings and watch for prescribed burning operations in the weeks ahead. Areas where burning operations are taking place will also be signed to notify visitors. The public is also encouraged to contact a nearby Forest Service office with questions.

For more information on Black Hills National Forest prescribed fire, visit https://www.fs.usda.gov/detail/blackhills/fire/?cid=FSEPRD575179.


-USDA-

USDA is an equal opportunity provider, employer, and lender.

Tuesday, January 21, 2020

January 21, 2020 - Pile Burning

Black Hills National Forest

Northern Hills fire (Spearfish, SD) is planning to burn 8 hand piles about a 1/4 mile west of Boxelder Forks campground.

Thursday, January 16, 2020

January 17 , 2020 - Pile Burning

Black Hills National Forest
  • Bearlodge fire (Sundance, WY) is planning to burn 10 piles tomorrow, 1/17/20, 4 miles northwest of the Bearlodge Campground. An additional 40 piles may be burned depending on how well the first 10 piles consume and other conditions.

Tuesday, January 14, 2020

January 14, 2020 - Pile Burning

South Dakota Wildland Fire Division

The Black Hat and Bear Mountain Handcrews will be burning approximately 140 slash piles in the Boulder Canyon area today, January 14 and tomorrow, January 15. Crews will continue to tend and monitor slash piles until they are dead out. Smoke may be visible for several days in the surrounding areas. Photo taken by Adam Fritz.


Thursday, January 9, 2020

January 9, 2020 - Pile Burning

Nebraska National Forests & Grasslands
  • Pine Ridge Ranger District will be burning piles today approximately 6 miles SE of Chadron, NE in the area of Bordeaux Rd and FS Road 726. Smoke may be visible for several days in the surrounding areas.