Wind Cave National Park Postpones Prescribed Fire
Contact: Tom Farrell, 605-745-1130
Wind Cave National Park, S.D. – The 2,199 acre prescribed burn planned for this spring in the southwestern corner of Wind Cave National Park has been postponed until fall. Weather, and the accelerated green-up of the prairie grasses, prompted the postponement. Firefighters believe the delay will enhance the park's ability to achieve the burn's objectives of reducing fuel loading in the ponderosa pine forest and decreasing encroachment of young ponderosa pine onto the prairie.
Did You Know?
Fire is an important factor in protecting the prairie. Historically, fires burned across the prairie every 4 to 7 years. Fires burn the small trees that would otherwise march across the prairie and turn the grasslands to forest.