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Pleasant Valley Prescribed Fire

South Dakota Department of Agriculture

News Release




For Immediate Release: March 9, 2016

Media Contact: Jeni Lawver, 605.381.7232



Pleasant Valley Prescribed Fire


RAPID CITY, S.D. – The South Dakota Department of Agriculture Wildland Fire Division and the South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks Wildlife Division will be conducting a prescribed burn on the Pleasant Valley Game Production Area on Thursday, March 10, 2016. This burn will take place four miles west and ten miles south of Custer.


Firefighters are planning on burning approximately 244 acres. This prescribed burn is being conducted to reduce pine regeneration and encroachment and to improve elk habitat. Smoke may be visible in the surrounding areas, and can linger for several days after ignition has been completed. Fire crews will secure, patrol and monitor fire lines as appropriate for public and firefighter safety.


Prescribed fire is utilized to maintain healthy native vegetation and is needed to prevent the encroachment of invasive species. Fire also reduces the hazardous buildup of debris and dead vegetation which can fuel wildfires. 


Resources from SD Wildland Fire, SD Game, Fish and Parks, Custer State Park and the Black Hills National Forest will participate.


South Dakota Wildland Fire can be found on Twitter @SDWildlandFire and on Facebook by searching SD Wildland Fire.


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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