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South Dakota Field Office
Release Date: 10/31/12
Contacts: Mark Jacobsen    
  (406) 233-2831    

BLM to Relax Fire Restrictions

BELLE FOURCHE, S.D. --- Stage 1 Fire Restrictions will be lifted on all BLM South Dakota lands effective 12:00 p.m. Oct. 31.

Although restrictions will be rescinded due to recent precipitation and cooler temperatures, fire danger may return again with warmer temperatures.  Be mindful that additional county or U.S. Forest Service restrictions may be in effect in other areas. A burn permit is still required for any open burning within the Black Hills Fire Protection District.

Please take extra caution when working and recreating outdoors to prevent wildland fire starts.  Anyone who causes a wildland fire intentionally or through negligence will be held accountable for damage and suppression costs.


  • The smallest spark has the potential to cause significant damage, so always crush smokes dead out.
  • Never leave a campfire unattended.
  • Ensure that your vehicle has a properly installed spark arrester that is operational.
  • Stop and park only in areas clear of vegetation and observe all fire restrictions.
  • Take precautions and always be prepared. Carry a shovel, bucket and fire extinguisher.
  • No cross-country travel is allowed on BLM-administered lands. Stay on established roads or trails.

For more fire information contact the BLM South Dakota Field Office at 605.892.7000 or your local fire department or sheriff’s office. 

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The BLM manages more than 245 million acres of public land, the most of any Federal agency. This land, known as the National System of Public Lands, is primarily located in 12 Western states, including Alaska. The BLM also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. The BLM's mission is to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of America’s public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations. In Fiscal Year 2015, the BLM generated $4.1 billion in receipts from activities occurring on public lands.

South Dakota Field Office   310 Roundup Street      Belle Fourche, SD 57717  

Last updated: 10-31-2012