The South Dakota Wildland Fire and Game Fish and Parks worked together to plan and implement a 107-acre prescribed burn in the Southern Hills Wednesday, reports KOTA Territory News. The burn was located in the Southern Black Hills near Angostura Reservoir.
The main objective of the burn was to reduce growth of brome grass and encourage native grasses, said Game Fish and Parks public information officer Lydia Austin. Removing that grass reduces the fuel load for the area, which can reduce the risk of wildfires, but there are still risks to consider when planning a prescribed burn.
Weather and safety were taken into account, and a small test burn is performed before firefighters initiate the fire. After the fire has covered the prescribed area, firefighters will do a physical walk through to check for hot spots and ensure that the fire is completely out.
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