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Prescribed Fire to be Ignited at Angostura State Recreation Area

South Dakota Department of Agriculture News Release


For Immediate Release: April 23, 2019

Media Contact: Jeni Lawver, 605.381.7232


Prescribed Fire to be Ignited at Angostura State Recreation Area


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 Recreation Area prescribed fire as conditions allow on Wednesday, April 24, 2019. Mop up and monitoring will continue throughout the following days.


Firefighters are planning on burning approximately 107 acres. This project is located in the northeast corner of Angostura State Recreation Area.


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.


Objectives of this prescribed 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.


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.


The media is invited to visit the prescribed fire site. The media staging area will be located at the north entrance of Angostura Lake at 10:30 a.m. MT. Personal Protective Equipment will be required to visit the fire line, no exceptions. 


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.