Date: October 9, 2008
Contact: Travis Lipp (605) 210-0741
BLM to Begin Prescribed Burning in South Dakota
The Bureau of Land Management is planning two prescribed burns near Sturgis and Lead, S.D., this fall. Weather permitting, both projects should be completed by the end of November.
One burn will take place on 70 acres in the southern half of the Fort Meade Recreation Area near Sturgis, SD. This unit is south of the Fort Meade VA Hospital and east of the Alkali Creek Horse Campground and Interstate 90.
The BLM will also conduct a prescribed burn on 50 acres west of the Hearst Subdivision near Lead, S.D.
Smoke will be visible from Interstate 90, State Highway 34, Sturgis and Lead, but will be monitored to minimize impacts to sensitive areas. The BLM Road (Back Country Byway) will be closed to through traffic while burning is taking place at Fort Meade.
The burns will help maintain healthy, open park-like stands of ponderosa pine, rejuvenate bur oak species, and maintain and enhance native plant species.
Questions may be directed to South Dakota Field Office Fire Management Specialist Travis Lipp at (605) 210-0741.