Posted 2 years ago

By Post Staff


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The Great Plains Fire Information Office has increased the number of small wildfires started by lightning in the Black Hills on Independence Day to 6, and says one west of Hot Springs was still only about 20% as of early this afternoon.

Public Information Officer Jon Anderson says the Horse Trap Fire in very rugged terrain on U-S Forest Service land near Minnekahta Junction on Highway 18 was pushed from 3.5-acres to 11-acres overnight by gusty winds. Control is estimated at sometime tomorrow.

Anderson says two fires were quickly contained in the Northern Hills at less than a tenth of an acre each, the Doghouse Fire 3 miles southwest of Crow Peak and the Grand Canyon Fire between Grand Canyon and Wagon Canyon along the South Dakota/Wyoming border.

Three other fires in the Southern Hills were also quickly contained at less than half an acre…the Red Star Fire near Pringle, the 313 Fire about 15 miles south of Custer west of Highway 89/385, and the Richardson Fire west of Highway 89 near Pleasant Valley.

Anderson says two separate campfires were found burning and unattended on Forest Service land in the Central Hills, but were put out immediately. All of the fires were handled by a combination of federal, state, and local crews and equipment.

Anderson reminds visitors to forest areas to please make sure their campfires are dead-out and cold to the touch before leaving them unattended, and to remember that wet forests can dry quickly and fires can still burn even during significant amounts of rain.