LIGHTNING TRIGGERS 3 SMALL 4TH OF JULY FIRES IN THE BLACK HILLS

Posted 10 months ago

By John Axtell

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Fourth of July lightning storms sparked three small wildfires in the Black Hills National Forest, but the Great Plains Fire Information office says the biggest was only about 3-1/2 acres – less than a square mile.

In the Northern Hills, the Doghouse Fire burned in an area 3 miles southwest of Crow Peak, while the Grand Canyon fire was located between Grand Canyon and Wagon Canyon along the South Dakota/Wyoming border.

Both fires were located on Forest Service land and were quickly contained and controlled at less than a tenth of an acre in size by responding federal, state and local resources.

The Horse Trap Fire burned 3.34 acres in rugged U.S. Forest Service terrain west of Hot Springs near Minnekahta Junction on Highway 18 with hand crews completing the construction of firelines around around it last night.

Federal, state and local resources from Nebraska and South Dakota…including volunteer crews from Minnekahta, Cascade, and Hot Springs…all responded.

Forest Service officials remind visitors and campers that fireworks are prohibited on the Black
Hills National Forest and within the Black Hills Fire Protection District.

Possessing, discharging, or using any kind of fireworks or pyrotechnic devices is prohibited on all National Forest and National Grasslands within the Rocky Mountain Region year-round, regardless of weather conditions or holidays.