December 17 Road Closure Near Visitor Center
December 17: Badlands Loop Road (Highway 240) will be temporarily closed at Cedar Pass for emergency repair work. The closure is expected to be in place for two to three weeks, weather dependent. An alternate route to access Interstate 90 will be posted. More »
Lightning-Caused Fire in Badlands Bison Corrals
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?
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.