Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Silver Mountain Prescribed Fire Project to Continue West of Rapid City, SD

Rapid City, South Dakota, Nov. 29, 2017 – The Mystic Ranger District on the Black Hills National Forest is planning to continue ignition on the Silver Mountain project Thursday, Nov. 30 and Friday, Dec. 1, depending on weather.

One hundred and 8 acres were successfully ignited Oct. 31, 2017. Fire managers plan to burn an additional 389 acres Thursday through Friday.

The project area is located near Rockerville, South Dakota, west of Boulder Hill and east of Beretta Road. Ignition will begin late morning and last throughout the day. A night shift will patrol following ignitions.

Smoke will be visible for several miles and could impact Highway 16, Hill City, Rapid City and other surrounding areas.

For every prescribed burn, specialists write burn plans. Burn plans identify, or prescribe, the best conditions under which trees and other plants will burn to get the best results safely. Burn plans consider temperature, humidity, wind, moisture of the vegetation, and conditions for the dispersal of smoke.

Implementation is also supported by a National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) document. Specialists such as: hydrologists, archaeologists, wildlife biologists, among others, are involved with this process that requires federal agencies to integrate environmental values into their decision making processes by considering the environmental impacts of their proposed actions and reasonable alternatives to those actions.

With all of the planning that goes into a prescribed fire project, managers will not ignite a project unless the conditions meet the criteria described in the burn plan. “We spend years planning,” said Wayne Yanders, Black Hills National Forest firefighter. “If we are out of prescription, we will cancel the burn and wait for a better day.”

The right fire, at the right place, at the right time can reduce hazardous fuels, protect communities from extreme fires; minimize the spread of pest insects; remove unwanted species that threaten species native to an ecosystem; provide forage for game; improve habitat for species; recycle nutrients back to the soil; and promote the growth of trees, wildflowers and other plants.

As conditions permit, fire officials will continue to assess ignition of other prescribed burn units across the Black Hills National Forest.

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Wednesday, November 22, 2017

November 22, 2017

Dry Creek CA (1:58 pm)

  • Located 7 miles south of Hermosa
  • Size: 291.1 acres
  • Federal, State and local resources responded
  • Human caused

Saturday, November 18, 2017

November 18, 2017

Stagecoach (3:18 pm)

  • Located on Stagecoach Springs Road in Custer
  • Size: 10 acres 17 acres
  • Human Caused 
  • State and local resources responded

Thursday, November 16, 2017

November 16, 2017

Slicker (1:30 pm)

  • Located 5 miles south of Chadron
  • Human caused
  • Federal and local resources responded
  • Size: 30 acres

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

November 15, 2017

Reservoir Road CA (12:31 pm)
  • Located at 104 N Reservoir Road in Rapid Valley
  • State resources on scene
  • Size: 10 acres
  • Human caused
Rattler (12:34 pm)
  • Located approximately 1.5 miles south/southeast of Cement Ridge
  • Abandoned campfire
  • .10 acres
  • Contained at  12:40 pm and controlled at 1:00 pm
Black Gap (2:42 pm)
  • Located in Pennington County, approximately 7-8 miles s of Rapid City, Hwy 79
  • Human caused
  • 2.2 acres
  • Controlled
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Tuesday, November 7, 2017

11-7-17 Pile Burning

Bearlodge fire on the Black Hills National Forest is burning handpiles today at the top end of Rattlesnake Canyon, about 2 miles South of Cement Ridge Lookout, WY.

Monday, November 6, 2017

11-6-17 Pile Burning

Black Hills National Forest Hell Canyon fire will be burning piles today in the Red Bank Springs area if conditions warrant.

Thursday, November 2, 2017

11-2-17 Pile Burning

Mystic fire on the Black Hills National Forest is planning to burn hand piles today adjacent to Highway 16 & Hardesty Road. Ignitions may continue tomorrow, 11/3, if conditions are favorable. Smoke will be visible along Highway 16 for several days. Patrols are planned through the weekend and signs have been placed along the highway.