Ongoing Incidents - Wednesday December 13

Legion Lake Fire Update as of 9:00pm MST Tuesday December 12


Fire Information Desk: 605-646-3263
LegionLakeFire@gmail.com
Social Media: @CusterStatePark
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CUSTER STATE PARK – Legion Lake Fire activity has greatly increased due to high wind gusts, making it extremely difficult for firefighters on the ground. It is believed that this has taken place in the French Creek Natural Area with spotting up to one half mile east of the fire flank. Due to smoky conditions, firefighters remain challenged to know the exact location where the fire has spotted. Firefighters are currently on the ground assessing the situation and structure defense resources are on scene. Additional resources have been ordered to support fire suppression and structure defense.

Another spot fire was located east of French Creek Horse Camp on North Lame Johnny Road (CSP 4) by Cigarette Hill. Firefighters are actively working to construct a containment line around the fire perimeter.

The fire has moved east of the Wildlife Loop Road and out of the Custer State Park Boundary. Custer County Sherriff’s Office has expanded evacuations to Cobb, Downen, Dry Creek and LH Roads, and all areas south of Buffalo Gap, but not including Buffalo Gap residents.

Everyone living near these areas should be prepared to leave upon notification. Conditions are rapidly changing, so all residents should a plan of what they will bring with them upon brief notification. This may include items such as medications, family heirlooms, plans for animals, etc.

Please call Custer County Dispatch for evacuation information at 605-673-8176.

Fire Desk information and updates can be provided by emailing LegionLakeFire@gmail.com or by calling 605-646-3263.
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Legion Lake Fire - Press Release Update


Tuesday, December 12, 2017 9:30am MST
Fire Information Desk: (605)-646-3263
LegionLakeFire@gmail.com 
Social Media: @CusterStatePark
Facebook.com/CusterStatePark


CUSTER STATE PARK – The Legion Lake Fire is in its second day and burned 500 acres overnight, bringing the total up to an estimated 3,000 plus acres with containment remaining at zero percent. The fire is officially been labeled a type two and Rocky Mountain Team Blue is in command. Custer State Park remains closed.

Structure protection has been successful with one out building still being the only loss in the fire. The main areas of protection remain to be Blue Bell Lodge area, State Game Lodge, the park headquarters, Star Academy East and Legion Lake Lodge area.

Main objectives for Tuesday include continual structure protection, scouting for potential fire lines, active mapping, including aerial recon to gain a better estimate of acreage burned, prep for potential preventative burn outs in the area of Mount Coolidge Fire Tower on Highway 87, minimize impact to identified structures, wildlife and travel corridors, and to keep the fire south of 16A, west of Wildlife Loop Road, north of Ridge Road and Lame Johnny and east of Highway 87.

Winds have calmed since Monday and will be at five to 15 miles per hour coming out of the north and northwest with the temperatures reaching into the 60’s for Tuesday. Conditions are very serious with all fire fuel extraordinarily dry for this time of year. High winds are expected to pick up again in the evening and remain strong into Wednesday and Thursday.

Wildlife is currently not a risk as all species in the park are used to wildfire and are naturally avoiding dangerous areas.

The opening of Highway 16A for public use will continue to be evaluated dependent upon firefighter and public safety.

Legion Lake Fire Information continues to run from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. and can be reached at LegionLakeFire@gmail.com or by calling 605-646-3263

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Legion Lake Fire - Press Release



Fire Information Desk: (605) -646-3263
LegionLakeFire@gmail.com 
Social Media: @CusterStatePark
Facebook.com/CusterStatePark




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CUSTER STATE PARK – The Legion Lake Fire, which began early Monday morning by Wilson’s Corner, has now risen to 2,500 acres burned. The fire is being transitioned to Rocky Mountain Team Blue type two. The fire remains zero percent contained. Custer State Park will remain closed through Tuesday, Dec. 12.
                            
The fire began roughly around 7:30 a.m. and the origin of the fire remains under investigation. It moved south and east along Centennial Trail toward the Star Academy East Campus and Badger Hole. The head of the fire has crossed Heddy Draw and lies on both sides of Barnes Canyon Road.

Heavy air tankers, helicopters, additional hand crews and various overhead have been ordered. There are currently 200 firefighters on scene.

The State Game Lodge, Blue Bell Lodge area and other facilities in the park are currently being threatened. One out building has been lost.

Objectives created by South Dakota Wildland Fire are to keep the fire East of Highway 87, South of Highway 16A, West of the Wildlife Loop Road and North of Custer State Park Road 4 and 5 to Ridge Road.

Fire Desk information and updates can be provided by emailing LegionLakeFire@gmail.com or by calling 605-646-3263.