“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Keystone in Pennington County, South Dakota — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)

After the Fire

After the Fire Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Pfingsten, June 7, 2011
1. After the Fire Marker
Inscription. The Galena Fire consumed 16,788 acres, mostly within the borders of Custer State Park. More than $2.1 million was spent fighting the fire, and about $4.4 million worth of timber burned. None of Custer State Park's buildings were damaged, no people were injured, and few animals were lost in the fire. Recovery efforts have been made to ensure that vegetation on the most severely burned portions of the fire area has successfully covered the soil surface.

1988 The West on Fire
The severe drought of 1988 fueled massive forest fires throughout the western United States, including:
Custer State Park 16,788 acres
South Dakota 690,512 acres
Greater Yellowstone Area 1,100,000 acres
Nationwide, 1988 was a record year for fire.
IllustrationsRecovery progression following the fire 1988, 1995, 2005, 2030.
Location. 43° 47.378′ N, 103° 21.052′ W. Marker is in Keystone, South Dakota, in Pennington County. Marker is on U.S. 16. Touch for map. Marker is in Custer State Park. There is an entry fee. Marker is in this post office area: Keystone SD 57751, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 8 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. The Galena Fire Chronology (here, next to this marker); Wildlife and Fire

After the Fire Marker image. Click for full size.
By Beverly Pfingsten, June 7, 2011
2. After the Fire Marker
(here, next to this marker); Peter Norbeck (approx. 6.3 miles away); Father of Mt. Rushmore (approx. 6.8 miles away); The Pigtail Bridges (approx. 6.9 miles away); Rushmore Workers (approx. 8 miles away); Gutzon Borglum (approx. 8 miles away); History of the United States of America (approx. 8 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Keystone.
Categories. Disasters
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on August 1, 2011, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland. This page has been viewed 513 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on August 1, 2011, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland.
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