Prescribed 107-acre burn planned at Angostura Recreational Area
FALL RIVER COUNTY, S.D. — Firefighters are conducting a 107-acre burn at the northeast corner of Angostura State Recreation Area on Wednesday.
The burn will help improve native grass growth and also provide safe, quality training for firefighting staff.
Prescribed burns in general help maintain healthy native vegetation and prevent the encroachment of invasive species.
They also reduce the build up of debris and dead vegetation that can help fuel wildfires — such as millions of dead trees left behind by the pine beetle infestation.
Smoke from the burn may be visible in the surrounding area and could linger for several days after the fire has been extinguished.
The burn is being put on by the South Dakota Department of Agriculture’s Wildland Fire Division and South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks.