Devils Tower National Monument Plans to Burn 85 Acres

(Devils Tower, Wyo.) If it looks like the entrance to Devils Tower is on fire next week, don't panic. Fire management staff from the Northern Great Plains Fire Management Office and Devils Tower National Monument have approved the planned burn of 85 acres east of the Belle Fourche River, near the entrance, to remove dead fuels and encourage native prairie grass growth. Recent wet weather has lent to the opportunity to conduct the burn. They are planning on doing it in the next two weeks, if humidity, moisture, and wind cooperate. We asked Devils Tower's Nancy Stimson if this would affect attendance to the park. "The monument will remain open," she told County 17. "It will be smoky for the visitors, but we plan to keep it open." #county17 #news