Cold Fire

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.  

The Cold Fire continues to burn in the Black Hills near Pringle. Holly Legge, public information officer trainee for Cold Fire information, joins Dakota Midday for an update on road closures, resource challenges, and the risk of today's high winds on fire containment. 

For access information updates, visit Great Plains Fire Information. SDPB News continues to monitor the situation and provide you with updates.