(Neb)-Slash Pile Burning Begins South Of Chadron
CHADRON - The Pine Ridge Ranger District of the Nebraska National Forests & Grasslands today began to burn slash piles across the district, a process that will continue over the next few weeks as conditions allow.
District Fire Management Officer Mike Mattmiller says the first piles being burned are south of Chadron near Red Cloud Campground and Table Road with smoke visible from Chadron, Chadron State Park, and Highways 385 and 20
Mattmiller says the slash piles are timber residue from mechanical thinning completed in forested areas of the Pine Ridge Ranger District along with some residue from previous fires. All burned piles will be checked daily until they are considered "out".
Mattmiller says thinning and reducing hazardous fuel accumulation and build-up on the ground is an important tool in reducing the risk of catastrophic wildfire across the landscape with the burning of the slash piles part of that process.
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