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

    Badlands

    National Park South Dakota

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    Construction crews are replacing the parking lot in front of the visitor center. Please follow the signs, park in the side lot, and use the side doors. The Ben Reifel Visitor Center remains open every day from 8 am to 4 pm.

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?

Painting of a mosasaur

During the Age of Dinosaurs, a warm, shallow sea covered the Great Plains, including what is now Badlands. Since dinosaurs were land creatures, no fossils of these animals have been found in the park. Giant marine lizards called mosasaurs swam in the ancient sea, along with sea turtles and fish.