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Crow Peak Fire Update Spearfish, SD – July 1, 2016 at 9:15 PM

Crow Peak Fire Update – July 1, 2016 at 9:15 PM

Rocky Mountain Incident Management 2 Team Black 

Firing operations along Higgins Gulch Road and the southern perimeter were successfully completed today bringing the fire completely down to established control lines. Crews will now focus on mop up and securing the control lines. Firing operations were successful at removing fuel sources, however some isolated, unburned pockets of fuel remain within the control lines. The risk of unburned pockets of fuels will be evaluated, and additional firing operations will be performed only to the extent necessary to secure control lines.

With the completion of firing operations some resources and personnel are starting to be released. Final night-shift operations will be completed tonight. It is anticipated that the structure protection group will not be necessary going forward.

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 (, Spearfish Chamber of Commerce (, and the Black Hills & Badlands ( websites for additional event and conditions information. Crow Peak Trail remains closed. 

Special Note: Beginning tomorrow one written Fire Update will be published daily. Any significant changes will be posted on Inciweb.

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 atemporary closure order for the Crow Peak area for public safety. 

Fire Statistics:

Start Date: June 24, 2016

Size: Estimated at 2700 acres

Containment: 40%

Location: 4 miles west of Spearfish, SD and 2 miles south of I-90

Cause: Lightning

Total Personnel: 536

Resources Include: 6 Type 1 Handcrews, 7 Type 2 IA Crews, 32 engines, 2 dozers, 1 water tender, 3 helicopters, and support staff


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