Mines News

Release Date Wednesday, April 24, 2019

State Fire Meteorologist to Discuss 2019 Outlook


This photo was taken by Josh Hoffman, Black Hills National Forest, of the Ft. Meade Prescribed Burn on April 27, 2018.


Darren Clabo, Ph.D., State Fire Meteorologist and South Dakota School of Mines & Technology faculty member, will present a special seminar, “2019 South Dakota Wildfire Outlook,” at 10 a.m. on Thursday, April 25, in room 204W of the Classroom Building on the SD Mines campus. 

Research on wildfires and climate shows that the number of acres burned in any given season is related to the climatic and weather conditions.  Extended periods of hot, dry and windy weather can translate to an increase in fire frequency, size and intensity. This seminar will include information on past weather, current trends and predictions of what the wildfire season may bring.

Clabo’s presentation will last around 30 minutes and detail current climate and weather conditions related to this summer’s wildfire potential.

The presentation is free and open to the public.  Find a campus map here.



About SD Mines  

Founded in 1885, the South Dakota School of Mines & Technology is a science and engineering research university located in Rapid City, S.D., offering bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees. The university enrolls 2,529 students with an average class size of 24. The SD School of Mines placement rate for graduates is 97 percent, with an average starting salary of more than $63,350. Find us online at sdsmt.edu and on  Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram and Snapchat

Contact: Lynn Taylor Rick , 605-394-2554, Lynn.TaylorRick@sdsmt.edu