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Contact: Nancy Stimson, 307 467 5283
Devils Tower National Monument will implement a prescribed burn during the week of April 19. Fire management
officials from the Northern Great Plains Fire Office and Devils Tower National Monument plan to burn 85 acres near the
entrance of the Monument and east of the Belle Fourche River.
The burn is needed to remove build-up of dead fuels and woody herbaceous growth and encourage the growth of native
prairie grasses and forbs and lessen the chances of possible wildland fires. Prescribed burns return a key natural
process to the landscape, improve the health of the ecosystem under controlled conditions, and lessen the chance of wildland fires.
Prescribed burns are carefully planned, conducted within an approved boundary and ignited only under specific weather
conditions such as humidity, fuel moisture, wind speed and direction and short and long range weather forecasts.
If conditions are not acceptable on the scheduled day of the burn, it will be postponed until desirable conditions return.
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To learn more about Devils Tower National Monument contact a park ranger at 307-467-5283, visit us online at
www.nps.gov/deto or on Facebook at Devils-Tower-National-Monument-Official-NPS-Site.