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Prescribed Fire to be Ignited at Stockade Lake




Interagency – News Release


November 3, 2020                                                                                                      FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Media Contact: Jeni Lawver (605) 381-7232


Prescribed Fire to be Ignited at Stockade Lake


CUSTER, SD The South Dakota Department of Agriculture’s Wildland Fire Division, Custer State Park, and South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks are planning to ignite the Stockade Lake prescribed fire on Wednesday, November 4.


Firefighters are planning on burning approximately five acres. This project is located on the west side of Stockade Lake near the beach and boat ramp area in Custer State Park. The beach and boat ramp parking lot will be closed during that time, but the Stockade Lake Loop road will remain open.


Objectives of the burn are to reduce the hazardous buildup of debris and dead vegetation which can fuel wildfires and remove the dead layer of reeds to stimulate new growth.  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.


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