Ride safely in this area South of Spearfish.The Black Hills National Forest is assessing impacts of a tornado that occurred last evening (7/6/20) south of Spearfish, SD off of Tinton Road on the Northern Hills Ranger District.
A section of Tinton Road is currently closed due to downed trees. Timber Gulch (FSR 733), FSR 734 and Limestone trails may also be affected. Officials urge caution in the these areas as the roads and trails may be blocked and dangerous snags could be adjacent to these road and trail systems.
Crews are working to clear the Tinton Road section and plan to have it open by the end of the day. Crews are also working in the Timber Gulch Road area and assessing other areas that may be impacted.
Reconnaissance is underway to determine the extent and path of the tornado.
(Photo: Taken at FSR 134, about 1/2 mile south of Stolen Kiss Road) ... See MoreSee Less
Everyone is hitting the safety messages hard for this holiday weekend and so we are too. Let's have fun and stay safe so we can go again.Reminder: On the South Dakota portion of the Black Hills National Forest, campfires are only allowed in grills and grates at Forest Service developed recreation sites.
Campers, keep your fire small and never leave your campfire unattended. Before leaving your fire remember to drown it with water, stir, and feel with the back of your hand. Your fire needs to be cold to the touch. If it’s too hot to touch, it’s too hot to leave! Know before you go and remember, "One less spark - One less fire!" www.readyforwildfire.org/prevent-wildfire/one-less-spark-campaign/... See MoreSee Less
#RideWithRespect and due your part to prevent forest fires.Increased temperatures mean increased fire danger. 5 tips to avoid unwanted human-caused wildfires:
1. Avoid driving vehicles in tall grass 2. Before leaving a campfire, be sure it is cold to the touch 3. Dispose of cigarette debris in an ashtray or indoors 4. Avoid dragging trailer chains 5. Maintain proper tire pressure - blown tires cause rims to spark ... See MoreSee Less