Sunday, April 11, 2021

April 11, 2021

#3. George Fire - Updated at 6:45 PM, April 11

    * Reported at 2:01 PM

    * 15 acres, wind driven - Pennington County, 1/2 mile east of Hayward, SD. Private land and State Land 25% contained at 6:45 PM.

    * Human caused - Law enforcement onsite. 

    * Crews will be onsite overnight 

    * Structure fire - spread to grass fire  -  Several other structures threatened

    * Resources - local, state and federal 


#2. Hershey Fire

    * Reported at 11:29 AM

    * Location, Wyoming, Crook County; 11 miles east of Devil's Tower

    * Cause - Abandoned campfire

    * Size - 0.1 acre

    * Resources - US Forest Service 

    

 #1  Marvel Fire

    * Reported at 3:08 AM

    * Meade County, 2 miles east of Blackhawk, SD

    * 1.1 acres

    * Cause - under investigation

    * Local, State and Federal resources responded

    * Contained at 6:06 AM

    * Controlled at 7:11 AM

Saturday, April 3, 2021

April 3, 2021

 

April 3, 2021 @ 11:30 AM

 Reminder:

    * Schroeder Fire Inciweb Link - https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/7356/

     244 Fire Inciweb Link: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/7355/  


Draw CA

·             *  Reported at 9:04 AM

·                *  Size 1.8 acres

*  Hughes County, northwest of Ft. Pierre 12 miles; southwest of Lake Oahe

            * 100% Contained

·                 100% Controlled

·           * Cause – Powerline

 

#2.  Dry Creek Fire, Jones County 9 miles northwest of Murdo, private land and 1/2 section of state school land

    * Reported 3/29/2021 at 12:26 PM 

    * 9,911 acres

* 100% contained 

    *  Cause: Downed power line in vicinity of the fire


Friday, April 2, 2021

April 2, 2021

 

Reminder:

    * Schroeder Fire Inciweb Link - https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/7356/

     244 Fire Inciweb Link: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/7355/  


Updates at 10:00 PM: 

New Incidents:

   * Black Widow Fire

        *Reported at 8:15 PM

        * Rockerville, along Main Street

        * Human caused

        * Contained at 9:18 PM

        * Control at 9:18 PM

  * Pizza Fire 

        * Reported at 7:24 PM 

        * 200 acres 

        * Resources responding were cancelled

Draw CA

·             *  Reported at 9:04 AM

·                *  Size 1.8 acres

·                *  Hughes County, northwest of Ft. Pierre 12 miles; southwest of Lake Oahe

            * 100% Contained

·                 Cause – Powerline


Open Fire Incidents:

#1.  Keystone Fire, Pennington County, 1/2 mile south of Keystone, state land 

    * Reported at 3/29/2021 at 10:06 AM 

    *  Size 9.3 acres (per GPS)

    *  100% Contained

       *  Cause - under investigation

#2.  Dry Creek Fire, Jones County 9 miles northwest of Murdo, private land and 1/2 section of state school land

    * Reported 3/29/2021 at 12:26 PM 

    * 9,911 acres

* 80% contained 

    *  Smoke will continue to be visible from I-90

    *  Cause: Downed power line in vicinity of the fire

 

#3  Bobcat Fire  Pennington Co. 8 miles west-southwest of Hill City, state land

    *  Reported 3/29/2021 at 1:02 PM

    * 15 acres

    * 100% Contained 3/29/2021 at 5:41 PM

 

Thursday, April 1, 2021

April 1, 2021

 


Reminder:

    * Schroeder Fire Inciweb Link - https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/7356/

     244 Fire Inciweb Link: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/7355/  

 

Open Fire Incidents:

#1.  Keystone Fire, Pennington County, 1/2 mile south of Keystone, state land 

    * Reported at 3/29/2021 at 10:06 AM 

    *  Size 9.3 acres (per GPS)

    *  100% Contained

    *  Hand crew worked in burn area today to mop-up

    *  Cause - under investigation

#2.  Dry Creek Fire, Jones County 9 miles northwest of Murdo, private land and 1/2 section of state school land

    * Reported 3/29/2021 at 12:26 PM 

    * 9,911 acres

·        Small flare up yesterday that was successfully knocked down

     * 80% contained 

    *  Smoke will continue to be visible from I-90

    *  Cause: Downed power line in vicinity of the fire

 

#3  Bobcat Fire  Pennington Co. 8 miles west-southwest of Hill City, state land

    *  Reported 3/29/2021 at 1:02 PM

    * 15 acres

    * Contained 3/29/2021 at 5:41 PM

 

Wednesday, March 31, 2021

March 31, 2021

 Update 3/31/2021

Reminder:

    * Schroeder Fire Inciweb Link - https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/7356/

     244 Fire Inciweb Link: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/7355/  


#1.  Keystone Fire, Pennington County, 1/2 mile south of Keystone, state land 

    * Reported at 3/29/2021 at 10:06 AM 

    *  Size 9.3 acres (per GPS)

    *  50% Contained

    *  Continued significant smoke in area. Smoke will be visible from Hwy. # 40

    *  Plans to send Hand Crews to burned area April 1 to mop-up. 

    *  Cause - under investigation


#2. Dry Creek Fire, Jones County 9 miles northwest of Murdo, private land and 1/2 section of state school land

    * Reported 3/29/2021 at 12:26 PM 

    * 9,492 acres

     * 80% contained 

    *  Significant smoke will continue to be visible from I-90

    *  Cause: Downed power line in vicinity of the fire


#3 Bobcat Fire  Pennington Co. 8 miles west-southwest of Hill City, state land

    *  Reported 3/29/2021 at 1:02 PM

    * 15 acres

    * Contained 3/29/2021 at 5:41 PM



Tuesday, March 30, 2021

 March 30, 2021  Fire updates:

#1. Schroeder Fire, Pennington County, 4 miles west of Rapid City, state land 

    * 1,900 acres

    * Active fire behavior last evening in Cleghorn Canyon and Nameless Cave areas

    * Schroeder Fire Inciweb Link - https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/7356/

    * This will be the FINAL post on this blog site for the Schroeder Fire. Please follow the Inciweb link (above) for further information. 


#2.  244 Fire

    * Pennington County, 1 1/5 mile southwest of Keystone, federal land

    * 90 acres

    * Cause under investigation

    * Fire head active; but general fire creeping and smoldering

    * Mount Rushmore continues closed

     244 Inciweb Link: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/7355/

    * This will be the FINAL post on this blog site for the 244 Fire. Please follow the Inciweb link (above) for further information


#3. Brown Canyon, Weston County 9 miles north, north east of Newcastle, WY

    * Contained 3/29/2021 @ 5 PM

    * Control 3/29/2021 @ 6 PM

    * This will be the FINAL post for the Brown Canyon Fire


#4. Bobcat Fire  Pennington Co 8 miles west-southwest of Hill City, state land

    * Contained 3/29/2021 at 5:41 PM


#5. Argyle Fire Custer County 5 1/2 miles northwest of Hot Springs, federal land

    * Contained 3/29/2021 at 6:48 PM

    * Control 3/30/2021 at 10:14 AM

    * This will be the FINAL post for the Argyle Fire


#6. Dry Creek Fire, Jones County 9 miles north west of Murdo, private land

    UPDATED 3/30/2021 AT 6:30 PM

    * 9,911 acres (FINAL) 

        * Final acreage measure also showed that there was a 1/2 section of state school land

     * 100% contained 

    * Continuing mop-up

    * Cause: under investigation

    * Total 5 structures burned 


# 7. Keystone Fire, Pennington County, 1/2 mile south of Keystone, state land 

      UPDATED 3/30/2021 AT 6:30 PM

    * 9.3 acres 

    * 50% Contained

    * Significant smoke in area

    * Plans to have hand crews in the burn area tomorrow

    * Continue working to get a line around it


#8. 79 Fire, Custer/Fall River County Line, west side, Southwest of Buffalo Gap, private land

    * Reported 3/30/2021 at 4:46 PM

    * Size 0.12 acres

    * Cause: under investigation

    * Contained 3/30/2021 at 5:46 PM




Monday, March 29, 2021

244 Fire

3/30/21 Update

Pennington County, 1 1/5 mile southwest of Keystone, federal land

    * 90 acres

    * Cause under investigation

    * Fire head active; but general fire creeping and smoldering

    * Mount Rushmore continues to be closed

     244 Inciweb Link: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/7355/ 

    * This will be the FINAL post on this blog site for the 244 Fire. Please follow the Inciweb link (above) for further information


3/29/21

Information: Travis Mason-bushman, 605-228-3867, Public Information Officer (PIO)

4:30 p.m. Update

Fire crews continue to fight the 244 Fire, 1.5 miles southwest of Keystone, SD. The fire is estimated at 75 acres. Many more resources have been ordered and are en-route.

Mount Rushmore National Memorial and roads leading into the Memorial are closed until further notice. For further information on the Memorial, please contact Maureen McGee-Ballinger at 605-858-9790.

The road is also closed at Pennington & Custer County line off 16A (seasonal gates), north of Lakota Lake on Iron Mountain Road.

Fire officials again ask the public to stay out of the area for public and firefighter safety.

Cause of the fire remains unknown.

3 p.m. Update

Fire estimated at 40-50 acres.

The road is closed at Pennington & Custer County line off of 16A (seasonal gates). 

12:30 p.m. Update

Fire crews are responding to a wildfire 1.5 miles southwest of Keystone, SD and is estimated to be 20 acres.

Highway 244 is closed from Keystone to the stoplight at Mount Rushmore Memorial. 16A beginning at Grizzly Campground is also closed.

Fire officials are asking the public to stay out of the area for public and firefighter safety.

The fire is burning in heavy dead and downed timber with very high potential for spread due to very high winds. Cause of the fire is unknown.







March 29, 2021

Incident #2: 244 Fire

7:00 p.m. Update

Fire crews continue to fight the 244 Fire, 1.5 miles southwest of Keystone, SD. The fire is estimated at 75 acres. Many more resources have been ordered and are en-route.

Mount Rushmore National Memorial and roads leading into the Memorial are closed until further notice. For further information on the Memorial, please contact Maureen Ballinger at 605-858-9790.

The road is also closed at Pennington & Custer County line off 16A (seasonal gates), north of Lakota Lake on Iron Mountain Road.

Fire officials again ask the public to stay out of the area for public and firefighter safety.

Cause of the fire remains unknown.

3 p.m. Update

Fire estimated at 40-50 acres.

The road is closed at Pennington & Custer County line off of 16A (seasonal gates). 

12:30 p.m. Update

Fire crews are responding to a wildfire 1.5 miles southwest of Keystone, SD and is estimated to be 20 acres.

Highway 244 is closed from Keystone to the stoplight at Mount Rushmore Memorial. 16A beginning at Grizzly Campground is also closed.

Fire officials are asking the public to stay out of the area for public and firefighter safety.

The fire is burning in heavy dead and downed timber with very high potential for spread due to very high winds. Cause of the fire is unknown.


Incident #3: Keystone Fire 

7:00 PM Update

The size of the fire was downsized from 30 acres to 15 acres following air attack. Crews are doing burnout operations and some mop-up.  Initial structure protection resources will be released to other fires.  Fire officials request that people from the public to please stay away from the area and allow firefighters to do their work.  

3:45 PM Update

Reported 3/29/2021 at 10:06 AM

Located 1.5 miles south of Keystone, SD on state land

Size: 15 acres, but area has very high winds

Cause: Under investigation

Local, state and federal resources are on site


Incident #4:  Argyle Fire 

Update at 7:00 PM on 3/29/2021

    * Fire Contained at 1648 on 3/29/2021

Reported 3/29/2021 at 11:42 AM

Located 5.5 miles northwest of Hot Springs, SD on federal land

3.15 Acres

Local, state and federal resources are on site

Cause: Under investigation


Incident #5:  Dry Creek Fire 

Updated at 7:00 PM 3/29/2021

Size:  Estimated at 9,400 acres 

Reported 3/29/2021 at 12:26

Located in Jones County, 5 miles north of Okaton and 9 miles northwest of Murdo. Jurisdiction unknown at this time

Cause is unknown 

Resources are on site


Incident #6: Bobcat Fire

    * Fire Contained on 3/29/2021 at 5:41 PM

Reported 3/292021 at 1:02 PM

Estimated 5 to 10 acres

Cause: Unknown


Incident #7:  Brown Canyon Fire

    *Contained on 3/29/2021 at 1700 

    *Controlled on 3/29/2021 at 1800

Location Weston County, WY, 9 miles north, north east of Newcastle, WY

Resources responded.






Schroeder Fire

  • Located 4 miles west of Rapid City off of Schroeder Road which is off of Nemo Road in Pennington County
  • Local, State, and Federal resources have responded
  • This is a dynamic wind driven fire - estimated size is not available at this time
  • A fire investigator has been ordered to determine cause
  • Evacuations are currently taking place
UPDATE at 4:30 pm following Press Conference:

     *  Estimated at 800 acres
     * MMA flight was ordered from Colorado to fly the fire tonight and get a more accurate size
     * Infrastructure - power lines were damaged 
     * A structure assessment team has been ordered
     * Three heavy airtankers were ordered and will report to the Tanker Base
     *  An air attack platform was ordered
     * Winds have decreased and a National Guard helicopter has been in use

Official Schroeder Facebook page link: https://www.facebook.com/SchroederFire2021/

Tuesday, March 16, 2021

March 16, 2021

 Black Hills National Forest Pile Burning

  • Mystic firefighters are burning hand piles along Carter Drive (FSR 163) below Buzzards Roost today (3/16) through the end of the week. Smoke will be visible from Highway 44 & the Hisega area & may linger for several days following ignitions.
South Dakota Wildland Fire Division 
  • The Black Hat Handcrew is burning approximately 30-50 slash piles along Lark Lane near Black Hawk today and throughout the week. Smoke will be visible in the area and may linger for several days following ignitions. 

Friday, March 12, 2021

March 12, 2021

 Black Hills National Forest Pile Burning

Tomorrow, 3/13/21, Mystic firefighters will be burning hand piles along Bogus Jim Road (FSR 202) and small machine piles along Edelweiss Road (FSR 251) ahead of the anticipated winter storm. Smoke may linger in the area following ignitions.

Wednesday, March 10, 2021

March 10, 2021

 Black Hills National Forest Pile Burning

  • Mystic Fire (Central Hills) will be burning up to 48 acres of hand piles along Bogus Jim Road (FSR 202) starting today, March 10th if conditions are favorable. Smoke may linger in the area overnight following ignitions and be visible from Johnson Siding and Custer Gap.

Monday, March 8, 2021

March 8, 2021

 Black Hills National Forest Pile Burning

  • Northern Hills fire will be lighting a few machine piles today in the Viper timber sale area around Rapid Creek and Bohls Canyon. If these piles burn according to plan and within prescription, additional piles will be burned tomorrow, 3/9/21.

Friday, March 5, 2021

Prescribed Burn Continues SW of Rapid City, SD today, March 5, 2021

If you are seeing and smelling smoke in the air, a prescribed burn continues today southwest of Rapid City, SD on the Black Hills National Forest. 

Thank you local communities and public for your support! Fire officials say smoke now is a much better alternative for the forest and our communities than smoke from an uncontrolled summer wildfire.

Periodic prescribed burns prevent heavy fuel accumulation that would send a larger amount of smoke into the air should a wildfire occur.


Victoria Prescribed (Rx) Fire Southwest of Rapid City, SD


(Rx photos below by Matt Daigle, USDA Forest Service/Black Hills National Forest)





Tuesday, March 2, 2021

Victoria Broadcast Burn Planned Southwest of Rapid City, SD, Wed. March 3, 2021

Rapid City, SD, March 2, 2021 – If you see a large plume of smoke in the air tomorrow, (Wed. March 3 – Fri. March 5, 2021) southwest of Rapid City, SD, please do not call 911. Fire managers are conducting a prescribed burn 3 miles off Sheridan Lake Road and Victoria Lake Road.

The Mystic Ranger District on the Black Hills National Forest is planning to ignite up to 380 acres (over the course of three days) on the Victoria Project beginning Wednesday, March 3, 2021, weather permitting. Smoke will be visible for several miles and could impact surrounding areas for several days.

The Victoria Project area is located approximately 5 miles southwest of Rapid City, SD.

Broadcast burns are the application of fire to the landscape under pre-determined environmental conditions and geographic locations. Utilizing fire gives land managers another tool to meet resource objects. Crews have been preparing to implement the project for several years.

The U.S. Forest Service conducts broadcast burns in an effort of reducing hazardous fuels and to improve wildlife habitat and forest health. Certain criteria must be met for a broadcast burn to take place, including smoke dispersal conditions, weather, adequate staffing, and fuel moisture. These are all outlined in a 21 element 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 and increase safety when suppressing future fires.

Forest visitors are asked to be aware of their surroundings. Areas where burning operations are taking place will 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.


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Monday, March 1, 2021

March 1, 2021

Drift Fire

  • Location: 4 Miles North East of Summerset in Meade County
  • Size: 0.1 acre
  • State and local resources responded
  • Cause: Escaped slash pile burn

Friday, February 26, 2021

February 26, 2021

 Feather Fire

  • Reported at 11:29 AM
  • Location: Approximately 4.5 miles East of Summerset in Meade County
  • Size: 3.7 acres as if 2:00 PM
  • Resources responded: State, Federal, municipal, and volunteer fire departments
  • Cause: Under investigation (a Fire Investigator has been ordered)

White Gate Fire
  • Reported at 2:04 PM
  • Location: Approximately 4 miles North of Nemo in Lawrence County
  • Size: 2.5 acres as if 4:00 PM
  • Resources responded: State and Federal resources
  • Cause: Under investigation (a Fire Investigator has been ordered)

Wednesday, February 24, 2021

February 24, 2021

 Black Hills National Forest Pile Burning

  • Mystic fire (central hills) is burning piles 7 miles northwest of Deerfield Lake for the next several days, as conditions permit. Smoke may be visible from Deerfield Lake and Rochford. 

Monday, February 22, 2021

February 22, 2021

 Black Hills National Forest Pile Burning

  • Bearlodge fire is burning south of State Hwy 24, off Forest Service Road (FSR) 838, approximately 15 air miles NW of Sundance, WY thru tomorrow, 2/23/21, as conditions permit. Bearlodge is also burning off of FSR 830, 4 miles NW of Bearlodge Campground. 

Thursday, February 18, 2021

February 18, 2021

 Black Hills National Forest Pile Burning

  • Bearlodge fire will be burning hand piles on Fish Mountain, located east of Hwy 585 in the Black Buttes, south of Sundance, WY and in the Herman area, south of Hwy 24 off of FSR 838/Lame Jones, approx. 15 air miles northwest of Sundance, WY. Smoke will be visible from the Interstate. 

Wednesday, February 17, 2021

February 17, 2021

 Black Hills National Forest Pile Burning

  • Northern Hills fire will burning today and tomorrow in two different locations. The first location is southeast of Nemo, SD near Steamboat Rock Campground and the second location is southeast of Eagle Crest Subdivision, off of Maitland Rd, outside of Spearfish SD.
South Dakota Wildland Fire Division
  • The Hot Springs District Office will be burning approximately 80 small hand piles in the Custer Highlands area.
  • Custer State Park will be burning hand piles by Legion Lake and Wilson's Corner today through Thursday. 

Tuesday, February 16, 2021

February 16, 2021

 Black Hills National Forest Pile Burning

  • Bearlodge fire will be burning piles in the area of Fish Mountain,10 miles SE of Sundance, WY (south on Hwy 585 to Canyon Springs Rd. to FS Road 872.3) starting today, Feb. 16, 2021 and continuing the next several weeks as conditions permit.

  • Mystic fire (central hills) will be burning piles 5 miles northwest of Deerfield Lake for the next several days, as conditions permit, in the vicinity of Flag Mountain lookout. Smoke may be seen around Deerfield Rd., south of Rochford Rd. and Deerfield Lake.
South Dakota Wildland Fire Division

  • The Rapid City Office will be burning slash piles today and tomorrow at the National Guard West Camp which is located on the western edge of Rapid City. 
  • The Black Hat Handcrew will be burning small slash piles in the Johnson Siding area behind Station 2 off of the Cavern Crest Road.
  • The Bear Mountain Handcrew will be burning small slash piles in the Stone Tree Fuels Project which is located east of interstate off of the Pleasant Valley and Erickson Ranch Roads in Meade County.

Friday, February 12, 2021

February 12, 2021

 Black Hills National Forest Pile Burning

Mystic Fire (central hills) will continue ignitions in the vicinity of Pactola Reservoir starting Saturday 2/13/21. Ignitions are also planned along Silver City Road and along Victoria Lake Road starting 2/15. Smoke will be visible along highway 385 and may linger for several days after ignitions are complete.

Thursday, February 11, 2021

February 11, 2021

 Black Hills National Forest Pile Burning

  • Mystic fire (central hills) is burning piles 6 miles NE of Hill City, SD in the vicinity of Horse Creek Rd and Hwy 385. Smoke may be seen along HWY 385.

Wednesday, February 10, 2021

February 10, 2021

Black Hills National Forest Pile Burning
  • Mystic fire (central hills) is burning piles along Victoria Lake Road (FSR 159) today, 2/10/21. Smoke will be visible along Sheridan Lake Road and may impact Victoria Lake, near the dam, during ignitions.
  • Northern Hills fire will be burning a pile located in Maitland Canyon. 
  • Hell Canyon fire (southern hills) will burn approx. 20 skid steer piles 5 miles north of the Tepee Work Center this afternoon. Smoke may be visible from Hwy 16.
  • Bearlodge fire (Sundance, WY) is burning piles in the Buttes and Blacktrail Road area.

Tuesday, February 9, 2021

February 9, 2021

 South Dakota Wildland Fire Division

  • The Hot Springs District Office will be burning approximately 80 small slash piles in the Custer Highlands area starting today and throughout the week.
  • The Bear Mountain and Black Hat Handcrews will be burning approximately 100 small slash piles in the Boulder Canyon area.
  • Custer State Park and Custer District Office personnel will be burning small slash piles in the Bluebell and Stockade areas. 
All fire personnel will continue to monitor these slash piles throughout the week. Pile burning is a great tool to reduce fire risk within our communities. 
Boulder Canyon Slash Piles - Photo taken by SDWF/Pete Hatton


Black Hills National Forest

  • Hell Canyon fire (southern hills) is burning approx. 70 large machine piles, 5 miles north and west of Custer, SD over the next couple of days. Smoke may be visible from Custer, Hwy 16 and 385 for several days.
  • Mystic fire (central hills) is igniting piles along Baker Park Road (FSR 358.1F), in the vicinity of the Boy Scout Camp, and 8 miles west of Hill City. Smoke will be visible along Sheridan Lake Road, from Custer and Hill City.

Monday, February 8, 2021

February 8, 2021

 Black Hills National Forest Pile Burning

  • Hell Canyon fire (southern hills) will be burning up to 100 large machine piles, 4 miles south of Custer, 5 machine piles at the Forest Service admin. site in Custer and 1 machine pile at the Tepee Work Center. Smoke & flames may be visible from Hwy 385, Custer and Hwy 16 for several days.
  • Mystic fire (central hills) will be burning piles in the Balsar Gulch area and 5 miles northwest of Hill City, SD in the vicinity of Redfern and Mystic Road. Smoke will be visible along Sheridan Lake Road and Hill City.
  • Mystic is also burning piles 5 miles NW of Hill City in the vicinity of Redfern and Mystic Road. Smoke may be seen in Hill City.
  • Northern Hills District fire crew will be burning approximately 1000 piles along Rapid Creek Forest Service Road 231 and Bohls Canyon Forest Service Road 117, near the Northern Hills Work Center and Bear Ridge Forest Service Road 131.1. 
  • Northern Hills fire crew is also planning to burn hand piles off Mt. Roosevelt Road (Forest Service Road 133), near Deadwood, the week of February 8th and piles located on Keough Rd. and Dalton Lake Rd.

  • Starting tomorrow, 2/9/21, Bearlodge fire (Sundance, WY) is planning to burn piles on Fish Mountain, 10 miles SE of Sundance, WY (south on 585 to Canyon Springs Rd. to FS Road 872.3).
  • Depending on conditions, Bearlodge Ranger District fire crew may also burn piles south of highway 24 off of Forest Service Road 838 (roughly 15 air miles northwest of Sundance, WY) sometime this week.

 Nebraska National Forest Pile Burning

  • The Pine Ridge Ranger District will be burning slash piles Monday and Tuesday (February 8th and 9th), south of Chadron State Park and south of Chadron Creek Wildlife Management Area. Smoke may be visible along highway 385. 
  • Should good burning conditions remain, the District will move northeast of the Cliffs area (Pasture 37E) and continue burning slash piles Wednesday through Friday (February 10-12).
  • The District will continue to monitor these piles over the next several weeks. If you have any questions, please call our office at 308-432-0300.

Wednesday, February 3, 2021

Hazelrodt Fire

Hazelrodt Fire 

The Hazelrodt Fire is 100% contained as of 2:00 PM on February 5. This fire will remain in patrol status over the weekend, weather dependent.  

Updated acreage for February 4 at 9:30 AM is estimated at 53.1 acres.


Photo taken by Don Doten.
Photo taken the evening of February 3 by Don Doten/USDA Forest Service.

Photo taken the evening of February 3 by Don Doten/USDA Forest Service.

Photo taken the evening of February 3 by Don Doten/USDA Forest Service.

Reported: February 3 at 1:06 PM

  • Location: Approximately 2 miles southeast of Custer, SD off on Hazelrodt Road 
  • Size: The current estimated size is 5 to 7 acres
  • Resources responded: State, Federal, and local resources to include overhead, handcrews, engines, and a dozer
  • Cause: Under investigation

Citizens are asked to avoid the area while resources respond. 


February 3, 2021 - Pile Burning

Black Hills National Forest Pile Burning
  • Northern Hills fire will be burning piles located along Upper Two Bit Rd. and piles located behind the old Brownsville Volunteer Fire Department over the next two weeks, as conditions permit. Currently there is confirmed adequate snow cover in the area to burn. 

Monday, February 1, 2021

February 1, 2021

Black Hills National Forest Pile Burning
  • Hell Canyon fire (southern hills) will be burning approx. 25-40 large machine piles, 10 miles N of Moon Campground, for the next few days. Smoke may be visible from Hwy 16 & Hwy 385 for several days.

Thursday, January 28, 2021

January 28, 2021

Black Hills National Forest Pile Burning
  • Today, 1/28/21, Bearlodge fire is burning piles south of State HWY 24 off Blacktail Road (FS road 849), approximately 15 air miles NW of Sundance, WY. These piles are part of the Crossbones and Mummy timber sales.
  • Northern Hills fire will be burning in the Clayton Draw area over the next several days as conditions permit.

Wednesday, January 27, 2021

January 27, 2021

Black Hills National Forest Pile Burning
  • Mystic fire will be burning piles over the next two weeks in the vicinity of the Boy Scout Camp and 8 miles west of Hill City. Smoke may be visible from Custer and Hill City.
  • Northern Hills fire will be burning behind the old Brownsville VFD station, heading north on the west side of Hwy 385, up to Strawberry Hill, 1/27 & 1/28.

Monday, January 25, 2021

January 25, 2021

Black Hills National Forest Pile Burning  

  • The Hell Canyon Ranger District is planning to burn approximately 400 machine piles around highway 85 beginning at Hardy guard station and moving south from there along the state line over the next week. Smoke may be visible from Hwy 85, Newcastle, and surrounding areas.  Most of the snowmobile trails will be utilized to ignite piles
  • The Northern Hills Ranger District is planning to burn hand piles and machine piles throughout the week and into next. Piles are located on Keough Road, Dalton Lake Road, and along Nemo Road from County Road 044 to Old Ridge Road.
  • The Bearlodge Ranger District is planning to burn approximately 80 machine piles South of State HWY 24, on Forest road 830, off Forest road 838, and off of Blacktail FS road 849. Roughly 15 air miles NW of Sundance, WY. This project is planned to start tomorrow, 1/26/2021. 


Nebraska National Forest Pile Burning

  • The Pine Ridge Ranger District will be burning piles south of Chadron State Park and south of Chadron Creek Wildlife Management Area starting today, 1/25/2021. Smoke will be visible along highway 385.


Thursday, January 21, 2021

January 21, 2021

Black Hills National Forest
  • Northern Hills Ranger District is burning piles west of Spearfish, SD off of Crow Peak Bench Road, near Crow Peak.
  • Bearlodge Ranger District is burning south of State HWY 24, on Forest Service Road (FSR) 830, off FSR 838, and off of Blacktail FSR 849, approximately 15 air miles NW of Sundance, WY, conditions permitting.

Wednesday, January 20, 2021

January 20, 2021

Black Hills National Forest Pile Burning
  • The Mystic Ranger District (central hills) will be burning approximately 3 acres of piles along the south shore of Sheridan Lake starting today, 1/20/2021. Smoke will be visible from the lake and along highway 385.
  • Northern Hills Ranger District is burning piles off of Mount Roosevelt Road, near Deadwood, SD.
  • Bearlodge Ranger District is burning today, (1/20/21) and tomorrow (1/21/21) off of Reynolds Road to FS 872.3 to FS 872.3A. Piles are part of the Elkhorn and Fish Timber Sales, approximately 10 miles SSE of Sundance, WY.

(photo taken 1/19/21 by Josh Hoffmann, Bearlodge Ranger District, USDA Forest Service)


Tuesday, January 19, 2021

January 19, 2021

 Black Hills National Forest Pile Burning

  • Hell Canyon Ranger District (southern hills) ~ Crews are burning approx. 400 large machine piles, 15 miles NE of Newcastle, WY, along the state line thru the week. Smoke may be visible from Hwy 85, Newcastle, and surrounding area for several days.
  • Mystic Ranger District (central hills) is burning piles 4-6 miles S/SW of Deerfield Lake for the next two weeks, as conditions permit. Smoke may be visible from Deerfield Lake and surrounding area.
  • Northern Hills Ranger District is burning piles that are located on the west side of HWY85 near the Preacher Smith Monument FSR 128.1 for the next two weeks, conditions permitting.
  • Bearlodge Ranger District (near Sundance, WY) ~ Crews are burning for the next several days off of Moskee Road to Grand Canyon to Schoolhouse Gulch. Piles are part of the Coil, Redbelly, and Mongoose timber sales, approx. 12-15 air miles SE of Sundance, WY.

Thursday, January 14, 2021

January 14, 2021

Hook Wildfire

Reported: 10:43 am, Jan 14, 2021

Location: 9 miles Northeast of Hulett, Wy

Size: 12.6 acres

Resources: Federal and Local

Cause: Escaped pile burn

Contained and Controlled at 1:01 pm, Jan 14, 2021


Mallard Place (County Assist - CA) 

Reported: 11:10 am, Jan 14, 2021

Location: Northwest of Pierre, SD

Size: 200 acres

Resources: Federal, Local

Cause: Unknown


Snowy Wildfire

Reported: 11:53 am, Jan 14, 2021

Location: Custer, SD

Size: .10 acre

Resources: Federal, Local

Cause: Escaped pile burn

Contained and Controlled at 12:55 pm, Jan 14, 2021



Wednesday, January 13, 2021

January 13, 2021

Black Hills National Forest

Bearlodge Ranger District is burning machine piles today (1/13/21) thru the week, as conditions permit. Crews are burning off of Moskee Road to Grand Canyon to Schoolhouse Gulch. Piles are part of the Coil and Red Belly timber sale, approximately 15 air miles SE of Sundance, WY.

Monday, January 11, 2021

January 11, 2021

Black Hills National Forest

Hell Canyon Ranger District will be burning machine piles this week, possibly beginning today and lasting through Friday (Jan 11-15).  Approximately 400 piles will be burned about 15 miles Northeast of Newcastle, Wy along the state line.  

Northern Hills Ranger District will be burning piles in the Turkey Tail Timber Sale area, East of Iron Creek Lake, beginning today through the next two weeks. 

Mystic Ranger District will be burning piles in the Fox Flats area this week.

Smoke may be visible from various locations throughout the Forest. 

Wednesday, January 6, 2021

January 6, 2021

Black Hills National Forest

Mystic Ranger District is burning piles 4-6 miles SW of Deerfield Lake today, 1/6/20, and continuing through the week as conditions permit.

Tuesday, January 5, 2021

January 5, 2021

Black Hills National Forest - 

The Bearlodge Ranger District is planning to burn hand and machine piles beginning today, January 5, 2021 through the week.  Piles are from timber sales located approximately 15 - 17 miles southeast of Sundance, WY, along Moskee Road to Grand Canyon Road to Schoolhouse Gulch.   

The Northern Hills Ranger District is planning to burn hand and machine piles beginning today, January 5, 2021 through the week.  Piles are located along Rifle Pit north to Wagon Canyon including areas east of Tinton Road in the Limestone Ridge area. Crew are also planning to burn piles near Clayton Draw and Deadwood Lodge.