Mount Rushmore National Memorial implemented a prescribed burn to reduce accumulated slash piles in support of the park's fire management plan.
The burn has progressed successfully with 32 acres of slash piles and pine needle accumulation consumed. Visitors should expect to continue to see drifting smoke and haze throughout the weekend into early next week.
The burn has been progressing slowly and safely with a good consumption of the slash piles. A crew of 36 people established containment lines utilizing leaf blowers minimizing resource impact while managing the burn.
Moist ground accumulation has burned slower than anticipated resulting in additional smoke; however, the larger dry slash piles are quickly consumed. "This has been a safe and successful burn enabling us to reduce the danger of ground fuels in compliance with our fire management plan," stated Superintendent Cheryl Schreier.
Resources will be on hand throughout the weekend to manage and monitor the burn. New prescribed burns will not be initiated without additional precipitation.