Lightning causes small wildfire southeast of Custer several days after storm

Good relative humidity and manageable winds should help in efforts to contain the small fire, but it is a good reminder of lightnings role in wildfire activity

CUSTER, S.D. – A small wildfire estimated at 0.1 acres located 4.5 miles southeast of the town of Custer is being tackled Saturday. This is several days after a round of thunderstorms moved through the Black Hills.

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Information provided by Great Plains Fire Information

The significance of this fire is not the size or the conditions, as temperature, winds and relative humidity are expected to cooperate through the day Saturday. What’s important to note is that the fire started almost 72 hours after the initial thunderstorms moved through the area.

Lightning

Not the lightning strike responsible for Saturday’s fire, but a different tree that was struck by lightning late Wednesday near Piedmont.

Whether it be burn piles, lightning strikes, or campfires, it’s important to keep an eye out for flare-ups as we approach the summer months. Fires can burn underground, along root systems completely unseen for days… and in some cases even weeks after an event. This is why fire officials will stay on the scene of even relatively small fires until they are sure everything is completely out.

We happen to have good weather conditions Saturday, so the Glen Erin Fire can be used as a good reminder to stay vigilant for ignition sources across the Black Hills. Make sure you are up to date with prescribed burns taking place in your area, that way if you do see smoke that doesn’t belong you can contact fire personnel right away.

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