Custer, SD. – A planned prescribed burn is taking place today (April 6th) in the Coolidge Creek area of Custer State Park, in and around the Grace Coolidge Campground, the Park Office and the Coolidge Store along Hwy. 16A.

Firefighters are planning on burning approximately 15 acres, with mop up and monitoring continuing for several days.

Prescribed burns are often used to maintain healthy native vegetation and reduce hazardous buildup of debris which can fuel wildfires. These burns are also used to provide training for firefighting staff, within the confines of a safe environment.

During the duration of this prescribed burn, smoke may be visible in the surrounding areas. This smoke can last for several days following ignition depending on weather conditions.

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