Wildfire near Black Elk Peak 100% contained; trails remain closed
UPDATED 8:00 a.m. Aug. 8, 2021 — The United States Forest Service reports the Iron Wildire, located 1 mile southeast of Black Elk Peak in the Black Elk Wilderness area, is 100% contained.
A hard line has dug around the fire and mop-up operations are underway.
All of the trailheads and trails originally closed for firefighter and public safety (see below) will remain close all day Sunday, August 8th.
CUSTER CO., S.D. — The United States Forest Service on Saturday, August 7, closed a number of trailhead parking areas and hiking trails in the Black Elk Wilderness area due to a wildfire burning in the area.
In a post on the USFS Black Hills National Forest page, the agency said the closures are for both public and firefighter safety.
The trailhead parking lots that are closed are:
- Little Devils Tower, Hwy 87
- Cathedral Spires, Hwy 87
- Middle Norbeck, Hwy 87
The trails or portions of trails that are closed are:
- Little Devil’s Trail #4 – Sylvan Lake to Trail #3 intersection
- Including Trail #4A & #4B (Little Devil’s Tower Spur & Cathedral Spires Trails)
- Norbeck Trail #3 – At intersections with Trail #9 and Iron Creek Horse Camp
- Grizzly Bear Creek Trail #7 – Between intersections with trail #3 and trail #14
The Forest Service says the parking lots and trails will re-open when it is deemed safe.
As of 8:30 a.m. Saturday morning, there is no indication when that will be. Nor is there an estimate of the size of the fire or the level of containment.