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Chadron Forest Service issues warn of high fire damage

November 18, 2017 GMT

CHADRON — Forest Service officials urge fire precautions due to continued high fire danger. Yesterday at approximately 1 p.m., the Slicker Fire was reported five miles south of Chadron in the Spotted Tail area, burning approximately 30 acres. The human caused wildfire is being investigated and further information will be available at a later time.

Federal resources, aided by both the Chadron and Crawford Volunteer Fire Departments responded and firefighters were able to reach 100 percent containment on Thursday, Nov. 16. One federal engine and firefighters remained on-scene for mop-up until midnight.

Tim Buskirk, Pine Ridge District Ranger asks that people stay out of the fire area. “Our fire danger remains very high and we need everyone’s help to safely get through the final weekend of deer rifle hunting season. Please ensure that your fires are dead out, and please stay on roads and trails designated on the Motor Vehicle Use Maps, (MVUMs).

The free MVUMs and other maps are available at the Pine Ridge District Ranger Office at 125 North Main Street in Chadron. The office is open Monday through Friday, 7:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m., MST. MVUMs can also be accessed online, http://bit.ly/2AXNNDx. Anyone with questions may also call the office at 308-432-0300 during normal business hours.