Black Crow Peak Fire Update Thursday Evening June 30, 2016 – 8:30 PM

Rocky Mountain Incident Management 2 Team Black Crow Peak Fire Update 6/30/2016 -8:30 PM

Fire Statistics: Start Date: June 24, 2016 Size: Estimated at 1677 acres Containment: 15% Location: 4 miles west of Spearfish, SD and 2 miles south of I-90 Cause: Lightning Total Personnel: 537 Resources Include: 5 Type 1 Handcrews, 7 Type 2 IA Crews, 37 engines, 4 dozers, 1 water tender, 6 helicopters, and support staff

Firing operations began early today and will continue into the early morning hours. Warm temperatures, moderate relative humidity, and easterly winds contributed to successful firing operations. Crews worked along Crow Creek Road to the west, roads 639.1A, 639.1C, 639.1F, 639.1G, 639.1H, U010018 and U010203 to the south, and Higgins Gulch Road to the east as backing fire continued towards established hand and dozer lines. Ariel ignitions were undertaken using Plastic Sphere Dispenser (PSD) in limited areas of unburned fuel between the fire’s edge and containment lines. Aviation resources supported firing operations throughout the day.

Updates on the status of the firing will be posted on Inciweb throughout the evening. Updates will also be tweeted through @GPFireInfo and texted through 211 Helpline. The public can sign up for text alerts by texting CrowPeakFire to 898211.

Senator Thune visited with firefighters thanking them for their hard work and professionalism in fighting the Crow Creek Fire, which has been burning since June 25, 2016 in rugged terrain with heavy dead and down. The Crow Peak fire has burned 1677 acres and is 15% contained.

Area businesses, campgrounds, and recreation sites in the Northern Black Hills remain open ahead of the July 4th holiday weekend. Visitors to the area are encouraged to check the Black Hills National Forest (www.fs.usda.gov/blackhills), Spearfish Chamber of Commerce (www.spearfishchamber.org), and the Black Hills & Badlands (www.blackhillsbadlands.com) websites for additional event and conditions information.

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

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 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.

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