Over the past few weeks, shooting related activities have been the cause of several wildfires.
As a reminder, a Regional Closure Order prohibits use of exploding targets on National Forest System Lands. Under the order, if caught using an exploding target, the user can face a fine of up to $5,000 or imprisonment of not more than 6 months or both. If an exploding target does cause a wildfire, the responsible party (s) may be liable for suppression and damage related costs.
The Black Hills National Forest does not have designated target shooting areas. For information on a specific area, please call a local Forest Service Office.
There are shooting activities that are prohibited on the Forest and they include not discharging a weapon within 150 yards of a residence, building, campsite, developed recreation site or occupied area, within or into a cave, across or on a road or body of water or in any manner that endangers a person.
If you see smoke and suspect a fire, call the Great Plains Dispatch Center at 605-399-3160.