A year after a fire which scorched nearly 3,000 acres atop Crow Peak in Spearfish, regrowth has become apparent, reports the Black Hills Pioneer. The cause of the June 24, 2016 fire was determined to be lightning, and was not fully contained until July 4.
Directly following the fire, most of the vegetation in the area was gone in the burned area. In spite of the area’s current drought conditions, there is a significant amount of re-vegetation in the burn area. According to Black Hills National Forest fire management officer Christopher Zoller, many of the pine trees were pruned from the area which they were burned and are still alive and showing signs of regrowth.
The burn area also encouraged more wildlife, such as elk, to move in. However, noxious weeds have also found an opportunity for growth in the area. Matt Scott, a range management specialist for the Black Hills National Forest indicated that weed control would be conducted in over 200 acres of the burn area.