Crow Peak Fire Final Update July 5, 2016

Current Situation:  A Type 3 Incident Management Team and firefighting resources remain on scene at the Crow Peak fire. Firefighters are continuing to patrol and mop up hot spots along control lines.

With calmer weather yesterday and diligent work by crews, the Crow Peak Fire is now 100% contained. No structures have been lost. 170 personnel remain on site. Along Higgins Gulch Road, crews continue to chip and mulch material that was removed in preparation for recent burnout operations.

Some isolated, unburned pockets of fuel remain within the control lines. Smoke will be visible for the next several weeks due to these interior pockets still burning.

As fire activity decreases, many crews will be released over the next several days.

Butte Electric is working to restore power to area residents today.

While evacuation orders have been lifted, some road closures remain in effect. Travelers on open roads near the area are asked to remain alert.

A Burned Area Emergency Response (BAER) team will arrive today to begin work with fire officials in assessing forest rehabilitation needs. The fire’s effects to water, soils, vegetation, timber, fisheries and wildlife will be surveyed, and recommendations for road and trail repair will be considered.  The BAER team will also determine rehabilitative measures, materials, and funding required to prevent environmental losses. The goal of any Forest Service BAER team is to protect life, property, water quality, and deteriorated ecosystems from further damage

Closures: Higgins Gulch Road from Crow Peak Game Production Area south to intersection with FSR 639.1, Crow Peak Bench Road, and Crow Creek Roads remain closed except to resident traffic. The Black Hills National Forest temporary closure order for the Crow Peak area remains in effect for public safety.

Evacuations: All evacuations have been lifted.  

Special Note: 211 is available to take calls; however text alerts have been discontinued for the Crow Peak Fire.

A Crow Peak Fire news release will be published and posted once a day on InciWeb. Any significant changes will also be posted on Inciweb.

Fire Statistics:

Start Date: June 24, 2016

Size: 2733 acres based on IR flight

Containment: 100%

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

Cause: Lightning

Total Personnel: 170

Resources Include:  1 Type 1 Crew, 4 Type 2 IA Crews, 11 engines, 2 dozers, 4 water tenders, 1 helicopter and support staff.             

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