Crow Peak Fire – Update – Tuesday June 28, 2016

 

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West Slope of the Crow Peak Fire, Tuesday June 28, 2016 at 12:40 p.m. Photo: Herb Ryan/Custer Free Press

Crow Peak Fire Spearfish – Rocky Mountain Management Team – June 28th – 8:33 PM

Community Meeting:  A Community Meeting will be held Wednesday, June 29, 2016 at 7:00 PM at the Spearfish High School Auditorium at 1725 N Main St., Spearfish, SD.

Current Situation:  On the north side of the fire, crews continue firing operations along the dozer line working to the east towards Crow Peak Bench Road.  On the west side, crews have contained a section of the fire along Crow Creek Road south to the portion of the fire that crossed Crow Creek Road.  Mop up will continue in this area.  In this area, fire has come close to structures, but no structures have been lost.

Crews continue to make good progress prepping roads and fire lines to the east, south, and west of the fire.  Once the lines are completed, crews will implement a firing operation which removes the unburned fuels between the line and the fire’s edge.  This is a common strategy that is used when direct attack elevates risk to firefighters.  Although fire officials are showing little containment on the fire, crews are actively working towards suppression of the fire.

Air resources will continue to be utilized as necessary.  Yesterday approximately 125,000 gallons of water were used to help slow the fire spread providing crews time to improve established fire lines where they will be able to better suppress the fire.  Today the fire activity was moderated due to cloud cover and higher humidity.  Since the fire was slowly backing down towards control lines, no air resources were utilized today.

The public should expect to see smoke for some time as firefighters work to contain the fire.  Due to the steep terrain, burning material may roll downhill and ignite the fuels below.  The fire will then make short runs back up hill.  In addition, smoke from firing operations may be seen.

Evacuations: Voluntary and pre-evacuation notifications remain in effect along Crow Peak Bench Road. Voluntary evacuation notices were made along Crow Creek Road. Structure protection is in place.

Closures: Law enforcement would like to remind the public that road closures are in place to provide for public and firefighter safety and to allow firefighters unimpeded access the area.   Higgins Gulch Road is now closed to the public; resident traffic only is allowed in the subdivision. The Black Hills National Forest has issued a temporary closure order for the Crow Peak area for public safety. The only area closed is in the immediate vicinity of the fire. Other recreational activities remain available throughout the northern hills.

Fire Statistics:                                                                                   

Start Date:  June 24, 2016
Size: 943 acres based on infrared flight
Location:  4 miles west of Spearfish, SD and 2 miles south of I-90
Cause: Lightning
Total Personnel: Approx. 469
Containment: 5%                                 

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