Fall Prescribed Burn Planned
Contact: Brian Kenner, 605-433-5260
BADLANDS NATIONAL PARK, Interior, S.D. — Fire crews from Badlands National Park and the Northern Great Plains Fire Office are preparing for a planned 2,213-acre burn that is expected to take place sometime between September 7 and mid-October. Fire managers will select a day when conditions are favorable for safe burning and sufficient staff is available. The burn location is along the south side of the Badlands Loop Road (Highway 240) near headquarters at Cedar Pass and north of the town of Interior (see map). The goal of the burn is to restore the natural process of fire to the prairie ecosystem and to reduce the build-up of dead and dried fuels.
Did You Know?
Available water in the badlands is always loaded with sediment. Cloudy and milky white in appearance, the water contains particles that carry a slight charge of electricity. The particles repel each other, instead of settling to the bottom. Early visitors found the water unsuitable for drinking.