Friday, December 29, 2017

12-29-17 Pile Burning

  • U.S. Forest Service Mystic fire will be burning large piles created by machines today, approximately 2 miles west of Hill City, SD off of Battle Axe Road. Piles are made of woody debris (slash) and are burned in an effort to reduce hazardous fuels. These piles are made from the slash left after mechanical thinning or cutting of trees in the forest.

Thursday, December 28, 2017

12-28-2017 Pile Burning

  • Nebraska National Forests & Grasslands, Pine Ridge Ranger District will be burning piles today south of Chadron, NE near Kings Canyon.
  • Hell Canyon fire on the Black Hills National Forest will be burning around 100 piles today 5 miles west of Custer, SD.

Wednesday, December 27, 2017

12-27-17 Pile Burning

  • Black Hills National Forest Hell Canyon fire will be burning approximately 126 piles today near Red Bank Spring.

Saturday, December 16, 2017

Legion Lake Fire Update

Saturday, Dec. 16, 9:00 a.m.

CUSTER STATE PARK – Containment lines and moderate fire behavior allowed firefighters to continue mop up and patrol efforts on Friday night around all areas of the fire. Due to more accurate mapping by ground crews, the acreage did increase to 54,023, while containment holds at 80 percent for Saturday. Fire managers will re-evaluate containment this afternoon, but it is expected to increase.
Snow is in the forecast for today, which is expected to accumulate in the higher elevations of the fire area and will add additional support for fire containment.
Friday, some interior timber stands were burned, so smoke was very visible. Those areas were well within the fire perimeter and are not expected to produce as much smoke today, as most of the fine fuels were consumed.
Rocky Mountain Team Blue will officially transfer command at 6:00 p.m. this evening to a type three organization. Additional resources continue to be demobilized.
Custer State Park and all interior roads within the park remain closed.
All areas of Wind Cave National Park with the exception of Highway 385, Highway 87, Beaver Creek Road, associated turnouts and the immediate area around the visitor center are closed to all public entry.
Fire Desk information and updates can be provided by emailing or by calling 605-646-3263.

Fire Information Desk: 605-646-3263
Social Media: @CusterStatePark

Thursday, December 14, 2017

Thursday December 14

Legion Lake Fire Update

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Wednesday December 13

Legion Lake Fire Update

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Tuesday, December 12

Legion Lake Fire UPDATE
  • Size: 4,000 Acres
  • Resources: Local, State, and Federal
  • Road Closures: Still in effect
  • Type 2 Incident Management Team  now managing incident
  • Containment: 0%
  • Priority: Structure Protection 
  • For information the Legion Lake Fire call (605)-646-3263 Direct

Monday, December 11, 2017

Update Monday December 11, 2017

Legion Lake Fire
  • Location: Near Legion Lake Lodge, Custer State Park
  • Size: 2,500 Acres
  • Resources: State and Federal
  • Cause: Human
  • Road Closures: Near Devil's Triangle, including portions of Highways 16A and 87
  • Type 2 Incident Management Team Ordered
  • For information the Legion Lake Fire call (605)-646-3263 Direct
Bug Fire
  • Location: 6 Miles North Custer, SD
  • Size: 12.5 Acres 
  • Resources: State and Federal
  • Cause: Human

Thursday, December 7, 2017

12-7-17 Pile Burning

  • South Dakota Wildland Fire handcrews will be burning approximately 600-700 piles on 40 acres today in the High County Project which is located off of Nemo Road.  Crews are igniting today, tending the piles on Friday, and a squad will tend and patrol the piles on Saturday.  

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

12-6-17 Pile Burning

  • Black Hills National Forest Hell Canyon fire will be burning piles today in the Red Bank Spring area as conditions permit.
  • The South Dakota State Black Hat Handcrew is assisting the Bureau of Land Management today with slash pile burning in the Englewood Subdivision, south of Lead.  Approximately 100 piles are planned to be burned.
  • Black Hills National Forest Mystic fire will be burning piles tomorrow, 12/7/17, near Deerfield lake. 

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

12/5 - 12/6/17 - Pile Burning

  • Black Hills National Forest Hell Canyon fire is burning piles south of the O’Neil Pass area today.
  • Starting tomorrow, 12/6/17, Black Hills National Forest Bearlodge fire will be burning piles near Cook Lake Campground and off of Fawn Creek Road, approximately 13 miles North of Sundance, WY.
Burning operations will continue across the Forest throughout the winter as conditions permit.

Monday, December 4, 2017

12-4-17 Pile Burning

The Northern Hills Ranger District on the Black Hills National Forest is burning hand and machine slash piles starting today and continuing through the week, as conditions permit.

Piles will be burned approximately 2.5 miles south of Hanna. Smoke will be visible from North Rochford Rd., Hanna Rd. and Hwy 85 NE of Cheyenne Crossing.

Piles will also be burned near the Spearfish Forest Service Work Center.

Piles are created from timber sale slash, tree thinning operations and are burned to reduce hazardous fuels.

Firefighters will continually monitor and check the piles for several days after they have been lit.

Monday December 4, 2017

Twin Springs Fire

  • Size: 0.5 Acre
  • Location: 3 Miles East of Hill City 
  • Resources: Federal and Local 
  • Cause: Powerline