Beaver Wildfire Update


A property on Beaver Creek Road that was threatened by the Beaver wildfire Wednesday afternoon September 13, 2017. Photo: Herb Ryan/Custer Free Press

September 14, 2017
Updated at 2:00 pm – Great Plains Fire Information

Current Situation: The Beaver wildfire, located in Custer County, 11 miles southeast of Custer was reported on Sept 13, at approximately 2:00 pm. Federal, State and Local resources responded and are still on scene. Air resources were also being used on the fire. The fire is estimated at 400 acres.

No structures have been lost, but 10 structures are threatened, with an additional 20 structures within a mile of the fire. An indirect dozer line was constructed around the fire last night. Crews are now working to burn out unburned islands between the fire and the dozer line.

Weather: Cooler temperatures and precipitation is forecasted for the next several days. This weather pattern will help crews as they continue to suppress the fire.

Evacuations: Evacuations and road closures are in place. Custer County Emergency Management is handling all evacuations and road closures.

Safety: Road closures on County Road 391 to Hwy. 385 to Hwy. 87. Smoke will continue to be visible in the area for the next several days. The public is asked to avoid traveling on roads in the vicinity of the fire for their own safety and the safety of firefighters.

Fire Statistics:

Start Date: September 13, 2017

Location: Custer County, 4 miles east of Pringle or 11 miles southeast of Custer

Size: Estimated at 400 acres

Resources: Federal, State and Local

Cause: Under investigation

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