FORT PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) The Fort Pierre National Grassland started a prescribed burn on the south end of the National Grassland around noon today. Two units will be burned, totaling about eight hundred acres. The units are located along the west side of Highway 83; 23 miles south of Fort Pierre or five miles north of Vivian. Ruben Leal, Fort Pierre District Ranger, says the units are being burned in part to reduce flammability and says the grassland health has benefited from previous prescribed burns. Control lines were mowed around the boundary of the units and fire retardant foam is being used to keep the flames from spreading past the control line. Smoke could be visible from I-90 and from the towns of Vivian, Draper, Presho, Murdo, Kennebec, Pierre and Fort Pierre. The burn is being managed by personnel from the Nebraska National Forest and Grasslands, along with partners from other state and federal agencies and local Volunteer Fire Departments. It’s expected the prescribed burn should be completed by later in the day today.
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