Victoria broadcast burn planned southwest of Rapid starting Wednesday
RAPID CITY, S.D. — Fire managers are conducting a prescribed burn starting on Wednesday, March 3, and going through Friday, March 5, three miles off of Sheridan Lake and Victoria Lake Roads, approximately five miles southwest of Rapid City.
The Mystic Ranger District of the Black Hills National Forest is planning to burn up to 380 acres over three days, weather permitting.
Smoke will be visible for several miles and could impact surrounding areas for several days. Citizens are asked not to call 911 if they see a large plume of smoke in the area.
The U.S. Forest Service conducts broadcast burns in an effort of reducing hazardous fuels and to improve wildlife habitat and forest health. Certain criteria must be met for a broadcast burn to take place, including smoke dispersal conditions, weather, adequate staffing, and fuel moisture.
Once completed, the burn area will also serve to lessen the intensity from naturally-ignited fires such as lightning, and increase safety when suppressing future fires.
Forest visitors are asked to be aware of their surroundings. Areas where burning operations are taking place will be signed to notify visitors.