In an effort to reduce the chance of future wildfires, the U.S. Forest Service has begun burning slash piles in the northern Black Hills, reports KOTA TV News. Recent snowfall in the region has made for good conditions for burning.
Black Hills National Forest Fire Management Officer Todd Pechota emphasized the importance of reducing insect populations and future wildfires. Firefighters regularly monitor the slash piles, which will continue to be burned so long as conditions allow.
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