Crews respond to Badger Clark Fire in Custer State Park
CUSTER, S.D. — A fire was reported in Custer State Park around 9:00 Thursday night, and with windy conditions, the risk of quick spread was of major concern to fire crews.
Initially, 11 engines responded to the fire, from volunteer fire departments in the area as well as South Dakota Wildland Fire. When crews fist arrived, the Badger Clark Fire was 2 acres, but wind gusts well above 50 miles per hour Thursday evening spread the flames quickly.
Overnight, the wind speeds started to slow down, and that made the containment efforts a little bit easier. By Friday morning the size had grown to 58 acres, but winds died down into the teens and forward progress was stopped by 10:00 a.m.
As of Friday afternoon, only three South Dakota Wildland Fire engines were left on the scene, mop-up efforts are expected to continue. With efforts from firefighters and winds slowing significantly, the fire has reached 100 percent containment.
No structures were damaged by the flames, and the cause of the fire is still under investigation.