File Photo : Herb Ryan/Custer Free Press. Angostura Reservoir . May 20, 02016

RAPID CITY, S.D- The South Dakota Wildland Fire Division will be administering an annual fire aviation certification to the South Dakota National Guard Aviation Unit in Custer State Park at Stockade Lake on Friday, May 4.

This yearly certification, required by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the U.S. Forest Service and the U.S. Department of Interior, allows South Dakota National Guard Black Hawk helicopters to respond to wildland fires.

Crews will be tested on fire aviation procedures to ensure safety and accuracy of helicopters when dropping water on a target.

Flight operations will begin at 10 a.m. and last until 3 p.m.

Recreational users in the Stockade area are urged to use caution on the west end of the lake.  Those who use the Custer State Park Airport are advised to be alert for helicopters utilizing the airport facilities as a helibase.

South Dakota Wildland Fire can be found on Twitter @SDWildlandFire and on Facebook by searching SD Wildland Fire.

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