Fire crews to burn slash piles today

DEADWOOD — Crews with the Northern Hills Ranger District are burning slash piles that are located on the west side of Highway 85 near the Preacher Smith Monument and Mt. Roosevelt Road for the next two weeks, conditions permitting.

The action is part of a Hills-wide effort to eliminate the piles.

Other areas affected include:

• Hell Canyon Ranger District (Southern Hills) — Crews are burning approximately 400 large machine piles, 15 miles northeast of Newcastle, Wyo., along the state line through the week.

• Mystic Ranger District (Central Hills) — Crews are burning piles 4-6 miles south, southwest of Deerfield Lake for the next two weeks, as conditions permit.

• Bearlodge Ranger District (near Sundance, Wyo.) — Crews are burning for the next several days off of Moskee Road to Grand Canyon to Schoolhouse Gulch. Piles are part of the Coil, Redbelly, and Mongoose timber sales, approximately 12-15 miles southeast of Sundance, Wyo.

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