Permits for the winter burning season are now available for the Black Hills Forest Fire District, according to a news release by the South Dakota Department of Agriculture. The permits may be used only for burning slash piles in areas where at least two inches of snow surrounds the pile and winds are less than 15 miles per hour.
Winter burning permits help keep fire managers informed of managerial burns in order to reduce the number of false alarm calls to fires. The Department of Agriculture cautions burners to be aware of weather conditions when burning.
To read more about fires in the Black Hills region, visit the Black Hills Knowledge Network’s online news archive.