Fire near Black Elk Peak kept to five acres
CUSTER, S.D. — A wildfire that started in Black Hills National Forest Thursday night has been kept to five acres.
The last report says crews have established a line around what is being called the “Lost Cabin Fire” burning in the Black Elk Wilderness. The fire is approximately one mile northwest of Black Elk Peak, and was reported a little after 9:00 p.m. Thursday night.
Fire crews faced challenges such as rocky terrain and heavy, dead and downed trees while battling the blaze overnight and managed to keep the fire to its initial size of five acres.
Crews will monitor the scene over the weekend and mop up. In the meantime, nearby areas of the national forest will be closed during fire fighting efforts.
District Ranger for the Hell Canyon District of Black Hills National Forest Rob Hoelscher says, “Currently, we’ve worked with Custer State Park and they’re letting us use their gravel parking lot at Sylvan Lake for fire resources as they’re gathering at the scene. And then we’ve closed Trail Two between the intersection of Trail Nine South and Palmer Creek Trail Head.”
Smoke is expected to remain visible while the heavy downed fuels in the interior of the fire are consumed.
About 20 crew members are on scene with the assistance of three Black Hawk helicopters from the South Dakota National Guard.