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Contact: Jennie Albrinck, 605-433-5240
BADLANDS NATIONAL PARK, Interior, S.D. - Fire crews from Badlands National Park and the Northern Great Plains Fire Office are preparing for a planned 2,237-acre burn that is expected to take place Friday, September 9th. The burn location is south of the Badlands Loop Road (Highway 240) from approximately the White River Valley Overlook to the Prairie Winds Overlook. The goal of the burn is to restore the natural process of fire to the prairie ecosystem and to reduce the build-up of dead and dried fuels.
Prescribed fires are carefully conducted under approved conditions. Factors such as humidity, fuel moisture, wind speed and direction, and forecasted weather are all considered in establishing the acceptable conditions for conducting a prescribed fire. If the prescribed set of conditions does not exist, the planned fire is postponed.