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The wildfire that burned in northwest Black Hills had some benefits

RAPID CITY, SD (KEVN) – The western part of the United States is notorious for wildfires, and our region is certainly not immune; as evidenced by the Fish Wildfire that burned down in Sundance, Wyo., in late summer of that year.

Many groups and agencies are still working together to recover from the fire.

“A low intensity fire here, has cleared the substore very well, and this is an area where we are really happy with the effects of the fire in this area,” said district forester Dick Terry.

Terry says topography in areas like Dueling Hills and Iron Mountain contributed to the intensity of the fire. And while some of the trees there are totally blackened and dead, Terry mentioned that they can still be harvested for wood. Additionally, removing these dead trees can help prevent forest fires in the future.

“Focus on fuel reduction projects, with all entities solely due to ongoing home construction projects in the area. It has this threat for more human departures and more protection for life and property,” said Josh Hoffmann, assistant fire management officer.

A homeowner who was affected by the fire tells how it impacted his daily life.

“Reality was bigger than we thought, and so when it hit, we could hear when the fire came over the top, we were near that house up there, and the fire came over from Hooker Peak, and we just said ‘Oh no, ‘but the fire crews were just awesome,” said Bob O’Neil

The 6,793-acre Fish Fire was man-made when a campfire spread across private land.

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