Prescribed burn today at Cattail Crossing Golf Course

April 24, 2024

Mike Tanner

WATERTOWN, S.D.–If you see smoke coming from the area of Cattail Crossing Golf Course in Watertown today, don’t be alarmed.

Fire officials will be conducting a prescribed burn from late this morning into the afternoon.

The objectives of the prescribed burn are:

1. Vegetation Height Reduction: The prescribed burn aims to reduce vegetation height to enhance safety on the golf course.

2. Invasive Species Control: Targeting invasive shrubs and trees, the burn seeks to mitigate the spread of these species.

3. Vegetation Litter Removal: By removing accumulated vegetation litter, the prescribed burn will help maintain a clean and aesthetically pleasing environment at Cattail Crossing Golf

A prescribed burn management plan has been developed in accordance with National Resources and Conservation Service guidelines with safety as a top priority. The plan takes into account various factors including weather
conditions (wind direction and speed, air temperature, and relative humidity), smoke management, required resources, and containment strategies. This plan has undergone thorough review by a field specialist and received approval from Fire Chief Don Rowland.

Cattail Crossing Golf Course will remain open to the public. However, certain sections of the course will be temporarily closed during the burn.