SPEARFISH, S.D. (AP) – The number of firefighters working to contain a wildfire on Crow Peak near Spearfish has grown to 135, with more personnel on the way.
The lightning-caused fire has consumed 313 acres, and there is not yet any containment. Voluntary evacuation notices have been issued, with 16 structures close to the fire.
The fire is on a scenic peak that includes a popular hiking trail. Rugged terrain has made combating the blaze difficult for firefighters. They’re fighting the flames on the ground and from the air.
The fire is about 4 miles west of Spearfish and 2 miles south of Interstate 90. The Black Hills State University campus is being used as a staging area for firefighters.