• 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?

Historic photo of the Cedar Pass cabins

The Cedar Pass Lodge dates back to 1928 when Ben Millard and his sister Clara opened the Cedar Pass Camp to provide services to tourists braving the area's dusty, undeveloped roads. The Camp once consisted of a grocery store, gas station, dance hall, and cabins. It remains an oasis for travelers.