ANTI-HORSE PRESCRIBED FIRE SOUTHERN BLACK HILLS NATIONAL FOREST – PHOTOS

All Photos:Herb Ryan
Custer Free Press
Custer, SD
October 25, 2016

 The Hell Canyon Ranger District on the Black Hills National Forest ignited 750 of 1,500 acres on the Anti-Horse prescribed fire project Tuesday, October 25  On Wednesday, October 26, depending on weather the remaining 750 acres will be burned. Smoke will be visible for several miles and could impact Highway 16 west of Custer ,SD. Crews have been preparing to implement the project to meet management objectives for several years.

The Anti-Horse project area, located approximately 18 miles west of Custer, SD or 2 miles northwest of Jewel Cave National Monument, focuses on treating Forest Service land to reduce hazardous fuels.

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A wildland firefighter uses a drip torch on an uphill slope to increase fire volume on a prescribed burn Tuesday afternoon October 25, 2016 in the Southern Black Hills National Forest. Photo:Herb Ryan/Custer Free Press

 

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Wildland  firefighters prepare to light a section at the Anti-Horse prescribed burn Tuesday afternoon October 25, 2016 in the Southern Black Hills National Forest. Photo:Herb Ryan/Custer Free Press

 

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A helicopter crewman follows the drop of ping-pong sized chemical starters at the Anti-Horse prescribed burn Tuesday afternoon October 25, 2016 in the Southern Black Hills National Forest. Photo:Herb Ryan/Custer Free Press

 

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A wildland firefighter watches the progress on a slope at the Anti-Horse prescribed burn Tuesday afternoon October 25, 2016 in the Southern Black Hills National Forest. Photo:Herb Ryan/Custer Free Press

 

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A small pins succumbs to heat at the Anti-Horse prescribed burn Tuesday afternoon October 25, 2016 in the Southern Black Hills National Forest. Photo:Herb Ryan/Custer Free Press

 

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Crews wait in the dense smoke as a helicopter drops ping pong sized chemical starters at the Anti-Horse prescribed burn Tuesday afternoon October 25, 2016 in the Southern Black Hills National Forest. Photo:Herb Ryan/Custer Free Press

 

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Custer Engine 2 standing by for support along with several other community and USFS engines chemical at the Anti-Horse prescribed burn Tuesday afternoon October 25, 2016 in the Southern Black Hills National Forest. Photo:Herb Ryan/Custer Free Press

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