South Dakota

Black Hills National Forest order Temporary Closure of Crow Peak Area

Current Situation: The Crow Peak Fire was reported yesterday evening and is burning in steep rugged terrain with heavy downed fuels. The fire is not easily accessible, and crews are hiking over an hour to get to the fire area. Crews were pulled off the line last night as a safety precaution due to windy conditions and the passage of a cold front.

A Type 3 Incident Management Team has been organized to manage the fire. Additional resources have been ordered and are en route. Updates will be posted to as more information becomes available.
Weather: Temperatures will be cooler today with highs in the low 70s. Winds are predicted to be out of the west 18 to 25 mph gusting to 35. Although cooler temperatures are predicted, firefighters are reminded that heat stress and dehydration can develop quickly due to prolonged physical exertion.

The Black Hills National Forest has issued a temporary closure order for the Crow Peak area. This closure is for public safety. Exempted from the order are persons with authorization and persons involved with the firefighting operations.

The purpose of this Order is to provide public safety and safe egress of fire vehicles in the vicinity of the Crow Peak Fire.

The restricted boundary encompasses the Forest Boundary north of Crow Peak to Higgins Gulch Road (FSR 214) south to Forest Service Road 639 and from Forest Service Road 639.1 to Beaver Ridge Road (FSR 130) north to the Forest boundary. Higgins Gulch Road (FSR 214) is open, but the other roads listed are within the closure.

The following persons are exempt from this order:

1. Persons with authorization or other Forest Service authorization specifically exempting them from the effect of this Order.

2. Any Federal, State, or local officer, or member of an organized rescue or fire fighting force in the performance of an official duty.

3. Federal or State administrative personnel in performance of an official duty.

This order remains in effect until rescinded or through July 2, 2016.

Safety: The public is reminded to use caution when traveling in the vicinity of the fire area.Although Forest Service Road 214 remains open at this time, there may be heavy fire traffic on the road. In addition, area lakes may be used as dipping sites by helicopters supporting fire suppression operations.
Fire Statistics:

Start Date: June 24, 2016
Size: Estimated at 64 acres
Containment: None

Location: Approx. 5 miles west of Spearfish

Cause: Lightning

Total Personnel: Approx. 50 with more resources en route
Released: Saturday June 25 2016 at 10:30 am


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