SPEARFISH, S.D. (AP) – Crews have begun to suppress a wildfire on Crow Peak west of Spearfish.
The 1 1/2-square-mile blaze sparked by lightning Friday evening is at 5 percent containment. No structures have been lost, though a few have been threatened and some voluntary evacuation notices have been issued.
About 470 people are fighting the fire on the ground and from the air. Officials say the public can expect to see smoke for some time.
Fire officials have scheduled a community meeting at the Spearfish High School Auditorium on Wednesday night.
The area is a popular recreation destination. Black Hills National Forest officials have issued a temporary closure order for the immediate fire area for public safety. Higgins Gulch Road also remains closed to the public.