Long Draw Prescribed Fire planned near Hill City
BLACK HILLS NATIONAL FOREST, S.D. – Black Hills National Forest Central Zone Fire is planning to burn 570 acres on the Long Draw project beginning Tuesday. Officials say the prescribed burn may take several days to complete.
This project unit is located approximately 6 miles west of Hill City on the east side of Medicine Mountain Road; south of 6-mile road, and north of Reno Gulch Road.
Smoke will be visible from Rapid City, Hill City, Custer, 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.
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.
Weather conditions will be monitored closely to assure prescribed fire conditions align with management objectives for the burn.