The White Draw Fire is 100% contained and will no longer be updated on WildlandFires.Info.
More information is available at:
Black Hills National Forest website,
605-673-9200 or visit,
White Draw Fire 100% Contained
UPDATE July 13, 2012: The Black Hills National Forest issued a temporary closure order for the White Draw Fire. This closure is needed to provide for public health and safety by limiting use by the public during the White Draw Fire activities. Exempted from the order are the local residents, persons with permits, and persons involved with the firefighting activities. The fire will be turned back to the Black Hills National Forest today.
The fire started June 29 and was 100 percent contained July 6.
In addition, a team of specialists is in the process of assessing fire suppression effects to determine if special efforts are needed to prevent further problems after the fire. This team is the Burned Area Emergency Response (BAER) Team.
They will develop a plan for treatment to protect natural and cultural resources quickly. The plan may include stabilizing soil and redirecting water, sediment, and debris movement. Part of the plan involves monitoring the implementation and effectiveness of emergency actions. Local expertise is essential to determine which action is more suitable in a particular burned area. The plan for proposed treatments is due seven days from the date the fire was contained, July 6.
In most cases, only a portion of the burned area is actually treated; severely burned areas, very steep slopes, and places where water runoff will be excessive.
The Black Hills National Forest issued a temporary closure order for the White Draw Fire that remains in effect. There are many hazards in the fire area including hidden stump holes, hot ash, dead standing trees and rolling rocks and logs. This closure is needed to provide for public health and safety while activities on the White Draw Fire continue.