Prescribed burns by the Black Hills National Forest Service taking place while the weather is nice

RAPID CITY, S.D. — Over the past several days the Black Hills National Forest has been performing prescribed burns southwest of Rapid City.

The Mystic Ranger District is burning 380 acres as part of the Victoria Project.

The project is centered three miles off Sheridan Lake Road and Victoria Lake Road which is approximately five miles outside of Rapid City.

Officials say when the weather starts to warm up, it is the perfect time to do prescribed burns.

Scott Jacobson, Public Affairs Officer, Black Hills National Forest Service said, “It really depends on the cover of the ground and the conditions of the forest. And if the fuels are ready to burn out there so we’ve got a lot of dead and down timber. A lot of brush, a lot of pine needles, a lot of things like that are out there and just needs to be cleaned up.”

Prescribed burns are controlled but smoke may be visible for miles. Authorities say that if you are unsure about a fire you can call the forest service before dialing 911 to report the smoke.

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