Prescribed Fire Planned in the Bearlodge Mountains of WY and Central Black Hills

Press Release – Black Hills National Forest Central Zone Fire is planning to ignite 345 acres on the Whaley project on Monday October 3, weather permitting.
This project is located approximately 1.25 miles north east of Hill City, northwest of the Three Forks junction of Hwy 385 and US 16.
Smoke may be visible from Hill City and Rapid City, SD and surrounding areas, and can linger for several days after ignition has been completed. Forest Service crews will secure, patrol, and monitor fire lines for as long as needed.

Towards the end of the week of Oct. 2, the Bearlodge Ranger District in WY is also preparing to ignite the North End prescribed fire, weather permitting 
Crews are planning to burn approximately 110 acres in the northern portion of the Bearlodge Ranger District. The treatment area is located north of Highway 24 across from the Bearlodge Campground. 

Smoke will be visible from Alva and Aladdin, WY as well as the Highway 24 corridor throughout the day and evening. For more information on smoke management visit:

Objectives of the burns are to reduce surface fuel loadings, which will reduce fire hazard and the overall risk of crown fire. Objectives also include improving vigor, abundance, and nutritional value of forage plants for the benefit of big game animals and other wildlife.

As conditions allow, additional prescribed fire units within the Bearlodge Ranger District will be implemented. Locations include the 70 acre Schoolmarm unit, approximately 3 miles northeast of Cook Lake, and approximately 400 acres within the Burner prescribed fire units along the Warren Peak Highway, 1 mile northwest of Reuter Campground.

Fire officials will continue to assess ignitions of other prescribed fire units across the Black Hills National Forest.
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