Ellsworth Planning to Conduct Controlled Burns Starting April 16 Published April 15, 2022 28th Bomb Wing ELLSWORTH AIR FORCE BASE, S.D. -- The 28th Civil Engineer Squadron and Air Force Wildland Fire Branch are planning controlled burns on base beginning April 16, depending on weather conditions. The fires will enhance vegetation and improve environmental conditions on Ellsworth Air Force Base. Controlled burns are the safest and most effective method available to environmental managers for vegetation enhancement. The burns will be managed by civil engineer and fire personnel. Base and area residents can expect to see smoke from the fires, and may see and hear fire response vehicles en route and at the fire locations. Precautions will be taken to minimize impacts and ensure public safety remains the priority. Updates will be pushed out on the base’s social media platforms. For more information, contact the 28th BW Public Affairs office at (605) 385-5056, or via email at email@example.com.