Current Fire Information

Public Information Officers (PIOs) from the Black Hills National Forest, SD Wildland Fire Division, and Nebraska National Forests & Grasslands continue to work together to distribute information about initial attack fires within the Great Plains initial attack zone.

(Note: The Great Plains initial attack zone includes public and private land in and around the Black Hills National Forest and Nebraska National Forest and Grasslands in South Dakota and Nebraska.)

One common phone number, e-mail, blog, and Twitter account are staffed during initial attack fires by an on call PIO who works closely with the Great Plains Dispatch Center to provide interagency fire information. 

Great Plains Fire Information/PIO Contact Information:

211 Helpline Center’s Text Notification system

Great Plains Fire Information, comprised of the Black Hills National Forest, Nebraska National Forest and Grasslands and South Dakota Wildland Fire Division, has partnered with the 211 Helpline Center to notify the public of significant fire activity within the Great Plains geographical area (Black Hills and surrounding areas) using text messaging.

To subscribe, text ‘GPFire’ to 85511. Text ‘STOP’ to cancel at any time. 

Notification text will be sent to those who subscribe on significant fire activity, including wildland and prescribed fires within the Great Plains Dispatch Zone.

A blog has been launched that replaces the e-mail news release distribution list.

In previous years, the PIOs have e-mailed news releases to a very extensive e-mail list. When there is significant fire activity, multiple e-mails can cause the system to crash, preventing the e-mails from providing timely information to the public, media, and businesses in the area.

The blog will send one automatic e-mail a day to those who subscribe with all of the daily fire updates. The blog link may also be checked anytime of the day to see updates on an initial attack fire.

It is important to note that people, who wish to receive fire information within the Great Plains initial attack zone, should subscribe to the blog, follow the Twitter account, or subscribe to the Atom Feed (available on blog) as news releases will no longer be sent out via the Google e-mail account.

To subscribe to the blog:

  1. Click on
  2. In the “Follow by E-mail” box on the right side of the webpage, enter your e-mail address that you wish to receive updates at.
  3. Hit “Submit”
  4. A pop-up box will appear asking you to enter a word in a box to verify that your e-mail is not spam.
  5. Enter the word that is shown and then click “Complete Subscription Request”
  6. Done

For questions, please call the PIO phone number at (605) 923-8868 or e-mail

Other Fire Information Links 

Great Plains Dispatch Center

Inciweb - The latest updates about current fire incidents nationwide.

Current Fire Restrictions - The latest information on rules and restrictions of campfires, fireworks, burning, and others in the Black Hills.

Current Fire Danger - The latest update about current fire danger in the northern, central, and southern portions of the Black Hills.

The Forest Service and Wildfires - The U.S. Forest Service has been managing wildland fire for more than 100 years...


Note:  Burn Permits are issued by the State of South Dakota. 

To aquire a burn permit, please visit the South Dakota Department of Agriculture webpage at:

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