Black Hills National Forest to conduct prescribed burn

Crow Peak Summit

View from Crow Peak Summit (Photo by Black Hills National Forest/USDA Forest Service)

CUSTER, S.D. — On Sunday, March 20, the Hell Canyon Ranger District on the Black Hills National Forest is planning to begin burning part of the 2,797 acres in the Anti-Horse prescribed fire project, with the purpose of reducing hazardous fuels on National Forest System lands.

The project area is located approximately 18 miles west of Custer, or two miles northwest of Jewel Cave National Monument.

Smoke will be visible for several miles which could impact Highway 16 west of Custer.

To meet land management objectives, crews have been preparing perimeter lines on this project for the past two years so fire equipment and personnel can safely implement the project. The Black Hills National Forest say that reduced future fire intensity, which is defined by a wildfire’s rate of spread and reduce flame length, is a primary goal of the prescribed fire.

“By removing these fuels, wildfires will not burn as aggressively in a treated area,” said Fire and Fuels Management Specialist for the Black Hills National Forest, Chris Stover. “This gives firefighters increased suppression opportunities to safely and effectively engage a wildfire incident.”

For more information on the Black Hills National Forest, click here or call (605) 673-9200.

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