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Contact: Nancy Stimson, 307 467 5283
A plan to burn 85 acres of Devils Tower National Monument is cancelled due to unacceptable weather conditions. Fire management officials from the Northern Great Plains Fire Office planned to burn 85 acres near the entrance and east of the Belle Fourche River. Devils Tower National Monument officials cancelled the burn when conditions, dry fuels and high winds, became unfavorable.
Prescribed burns are 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.
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