Created: Thu, 27 Feb 2014 12:57:00 MST
Updated: Thu, 27 Feb 2014 01:01:29 MST
The Prairie prescribed fire is planned to be ignited on the Black Hills National Forest today, Thursday, February 27, weather dependent.
Fire crews plan to burn about 60 acres.
The prescribed burn will take place southeast of Pactola Reservoir, or approximately 12 miles southwest of Rapid City, and 3 miles north of Sheridan Lake.
Fire will be confined primarily to south-facing slopes and bordered by snow and frozen fuels limiting fire behavior on north-facing slopes. Crews will continue to monitor the burn after ignition is complete. Conditions for this burn are favorable with snowfall forecasted in the area over the next several days.
Smoke may be visible for several days from Highway 385, Sheridan Lake Road, and Rapid City.
“Prescribed fire allows fire managers to take advantage of fire’s natural role in the ecosystem by reducing fuels and recycling nutrients in the soil,” said Ruth Esperance, Mystic District Ranger.