UPDATE: Hazelrodt fire in Custer estimated at 53 acres burned, 20% contained
(UPDATE 2/4/21/ @11:30 a.m.): Great Plains Fire Information says that approximately 53 acres have been burned at this time, and the fire is 20% contained as of Thursday morning.
(UPDATE 2/3/21 @ 4:28 p.m.): Todd Hoover, Assistant Fire Management Officer at the Hell Canyon Ranger District, says approximately 10 to 20 acres have been burned at this time but no evacuations are anticipated.
(UPDATE 2/3/21 @ 3:38 p.m.): Meteorologist Brant Beckman reports that winds are out of the northeast but generally northerly in town. If the winds switch to the northwest, the fire would be very close to Blue Bell Stables.
CUSTER, S.D. — The Custer County Sheriffs Office is currently on the scene of a wildland fire off of Hazelrodt Cutoff in Custer. Citizens are asked to avoid the area while crews respond.
The fire is located approximately 2 miles southeast of Custer and is currently estimated at five to seven acres.
State, Federal, and local resources are all responding, including overhead, hand crews, engines, and a dozer.
CUSTER FORECAST BY: METEOROLOGIST ERIK DEAN ON FEB. 3rd, 2021 at 2:41 PM
REMAINDER OF TODAY GOING INTO TONIGHT:
Rain transitioning over to snow with precipitation chances lingering around until around 7:00 PM. Otherwise we’ll see Mostly Cloudy Skies. Overnight lows in the Mid – Upper Teens. In terms of wind, it will start to calm down as we roll into the evening/overnight hours. It will stay out of the NW between 10-15 MPH, with gusts as high as 25 MPH. The gusts will continue throughout tomorrow as well until about 5:00 PM. The one thing we have to look at as well is the Humidity. As we roll into the evening hours, it will start to go up as the chance of some Much Needed Precipitation increases. Humidity levels will be in the upper 50’s – low 60’s for the evening and overnight hours. By tomorrow morning, they’ll hover in the upper 40’s – low 50’s. The good news is we have precipitation chances in the forecast for the next few days. It may not be much, but at this point, let’s take what we can get. As of right now, Custer is 0.04” below normal, and that’s on top of the 2.52” below normal from 2020.
The cause of the fire is under investigation.
This is a developing story; NewsCenter1 will provide updates as they become available.
(photo credit: Meteorologist Brant Beckman, unless otherwise noted)