• Badlands formations against the blue sky; photo by Rikk Flohr

    Badlands

    National Park South Dakota

Lightning-Caused Fire in Badlands Bison Corrals

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Date: May 8, 2013
Contact: Jennie Kish Albrinck, 605-433-5240

On May 7th, a lightning-caused fire was reported at 6:00 PM at the bison corrals in Badlands National Park. Wall, SD Fire Department provided initial response to the incident. Park fire personnel reported and provided oversight of the area through the night and into this morning.

Approximately 65 hay bales are reported burned. A Type 6 engine and crew, and a water tender are currently assigned. Fire fighters anticipate 90% containment by the end of the day.

Great Plains Interagency Fire Dispatch reports moderate fire severity for the prairie today. No fire restrictions are in place.

Campfires are never allowed in Badlands National Park due to the extreme danger of prairie wildfire. Camp stoves or contained gas grills can be used in the campgrounds or picnic areas. Electrical hook-ups are available in the Cedar Pass Campground, operated by Forever Resorts.

Did You Know?

From a 1950 postcard, a black and white photo of the rugged badlands formations

The 1928 bill originally proposing a park in the South Dakota badlands used the name -Teton National Park - in the hopes of avoiding the negative-sounding name of Badlands. Teton was a title later applied to Grand Teton National Park.