Silver Mountain prescribed burn set for Tuesday

RAPID CITY, S.D. (KEVN) - The Forest Service will conduct a 108-acre prescribed fire Tuesday, depending on the weather.

The Silver Mountain project is about 10 miles west/southwest of Rapid City, SD between Highway 16 and Sheridan Lake Road, along Boulder Hill Road to the west.

Smoke will be visible for several miles and could impact Highway 16, Hill City, Rapid City and other surrounding areas. Crews have been preparing to implement the project to meet management objectives for several years.

The goal of the Silver Mountain Prescribed Fire is to maintain a mosaic of vegetation conditions created by the Battle Creek Fire of 2002. This project will lessen the severity and extent of future wildfires in the project area by breaking up the continuity of dead, downed fuels, ultimately reducing those fuel loads. Fire will also be used as a tool to thin pine regeneration and increase canopy base heights. Additionally, this burn will stimulate browse for big game species.

For more information on Black Hills National Forest prescribed fire, visit RX Burn Overview

Bearlodge Fire is also burning hand piles in the Cook Lake campground area Monday and continuing through the week, depending on weather and snow cover.