UPDATE: 150 acre wildfire moving through Custer State Park
UPDATE — 7:15 p.m.: The fire in Custer State Park, now designated the Mine Draw Fire, has grown to 150 acres, according to the Rocky Mountain Area Coordination Center (RMACC), an interagency group that coordinates firefighting resources.
Custer State Park officials report that Highway 87 between Highway 16A and the Needles Highway is now closed. Visitors needing to access Center Lake will need to do so from Iron Mountain Road or American Center Road.
The RMACC reports that in addition to two helicopters that have been working the fire all afternoon, two single-engine air tankers have now joined the fight, and two large air tankers have been called in.
The Custer-based Tatanka interagency hotshot crew is in the park to fight the blaze. Two other hotshot crews from Wyoming and Colorado are expected to arrive on Thursday.
In addition, a large number of area fire departments, including the Rapid City fire department, have dispatched crews to help fight the fire.
The fire is burning in rugged terrain, not far from where the December 2017 Legion Lake Fire started. That wind-whipped fire broke containment lines, eventually burning 54,000 acres.
CUSTER STATE PARK, S.D. — A large wildfire is active and moving through Custer State Park.
According to Custer State Park’s twitter account, as of 2:05 p.m. Wednesday the fire is an estimated 15-20 acres in size and heading northwest from the park shop near Highway 16A.
No park structures or public areas are being threatened at this time.
Multiple inter-agency resources are on-scene along with two helicopters (Type 1 and Type 3) and suppression efforts are taking place.
More resources have been ordered.
This story is ongoing, NewsCenter1 will keep the public informed as more information becomes available.