Black Hills forest service

Lee Strubinger / SDPB

Representative Kristi Noem met with Black Hills Forest Service officials to discuss legislation that she says will help the organization better manage the forest.

The Resilient Federal Forests Act passed the House and is now on its way to the Senate. Noem says the Forest Service has to use money from their operating budget to fight wildfires.

Prescribed Burn Helps Cold Fire Crews

May 24, 2016
Michael Engelhart / Black Hills National Forest

It’s been over a month since the Cold Fire cut through the Southern Black Hills. It burned almost two-thousand acres of land, but officials say it could have been worse. They say a previous prescribed burn in the area helped slow the progress of the wildfire.

In 2014, officials ran a prescribed burn on forest land near Pringle. Almost two years later, a wildfire closed in on the treated area.

Matt Spring of the Hell Canyon Ranger District says that prescribed burn helped control the Cold Fire that started April 2.