Prescribed Fire Planned Near Hill City, Sept. 18th
RAPID CITY, SD. – Black Hills National Forest Central Zone Fire is planning to ignite 116 acres on the Long Draw project on Tuesday, September 18, weather permitting.
This project is located approximately 5 miles west of Hill City, SD near Newton Fork Road, south of Reno Gulch road, Odakota Mountain and west of the Medicine Mountain Boy Scout Camp.
The goal of the Long Draw Prescribed Fire is to establish and maintain a mosaic of vegetation conditions over the project area. This project will lessen the severity and extent of future wildfires in the project area by breaking up the continuity of dead, downed fuels, ultimately reducing fuel loads. Fire will also be utilized as a tool to thin pine regeneration and increase canopy base heights. Additionally, the burn will stimulate browse for big game species.
Smoke will be visible from Rapid City, Hill City, Custer, SD, surrounding areas and from Highway 16/385. Smoke will also be visible in the days following ignition and firefighters will remain on scene monitoring the burn for as long as needed.
Weather conditions will be monitored closely to assure prescribed fire conditions align with management objectives for the burn.