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Prescribed Fire to be Ignited at Angostura State Park

South Dakota Department of Agriculture

News Release


For Immediate Release: April 24, 2018

Media Contact: Jeni Lawver, 605.381.7232


Prescribed Fire to be Ignited at Angostura State Park


Rapid City, S.D. – The South Dakota Department of Agriculture’s Wildland Fire Division and South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks are planning to ignite the Angostura State Park prescribed fire on Wednesday, April 25. Mop up and monitoring will continue the following days.


Firefighters are planning on burning approximately 137 acres. This project is located in the northeast corner of Angostura State Park.


Objectives of the burn are to improve native grass growth and to provide safe and quality training for the firefighting staff. Weather conditions will be monitored closely to ensure prescribed fire conditions align with management objectives for the burn.


Prescribed fire is used 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.


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. For more information on smoke management visit:  http://gpfireinfo.blogspot.com/p/smoke-management.html.


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


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 and preserve South Dakota agriculture for today and tomorrow. Visit us online at sdda.sd.gov or find us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.