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Visible Smoke in the Black Hills Due to Slash Pile Burning





SOUTH DAKOTA DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE

NEWS RELEASE

 

 

For Immediate Release: December 15, 2015

Media Contact: Jeni Lawver, 605.381.7232

 

 

 

Visible Smoke in the Black Hills Due to Slash Pile Burning

 

 

RAPID CITY S.D. — Favorable snow cover has prompted fire crews to begin burning slash piles created from fuel reduction projects at multiple locations across the Black Hills region of South Dakota.

 

Area residents may see and smell smoke in the following areas: Rockerville (west of Highway 16 near the volunteer fire department, approximately ten miles south of Rapid City); Hermosa (Ghost Canyon area, approximately seven miles west on Highway 40); and the Boulder Canyon area (approximately seven miles west of Sturgis).

 

“With the predicted snowfall and extended forecast, conditions are excellent for reducing forest fuels by burning piles,” said urban interface technician Brandy Petersen.

 

Smoldering material may continue to burn days after burning is completed. Crews will continually monitor and check piles several days after they have been ignited. Smoke may be visible for the next several days in these project areas.

 

Burning operations will continue throughout the winter at various locations as air quality standards, weather and resources permit.

 

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Agriculture is a major contributor to South Dakota’s economy, generating $25.6 billion in annual economic activity and employing over 115,000 South Dakotans. The South Dakota Department of Agriculture's mission is to promote, protect, preserve and improve this industry for today and tomorrow. Visit us online at http://sdda.sd.gov or find us on Facebook and Twitter.

 

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