December 13, 2017
CUSTER STATE PARK – Due to more accurate mapping, the Legion Lake Fire is now at 47,312 acres, (reported at December 13, 6:30 pm )making it the fourth largest fire in the history of the Black Hills. However, containment increased as well going from seven to now 10 percent contained.
Fire behavior remains active as burnout operations around Blue Bell Lodge and State Game Lodge areas remain successful. Fire managers expect to be done with both operations on Thursday and will begin mop up, locating hot spots and extinguishing them, upon completion.
Night resources will continue burn out operations Highway 87 South and along Highway 16A.
A heavy air tanker was used today laying five loads of retardant over the south end of the fire. The fire line appeared to hold, but latest reports detail that the fire jumped the lines of retardant and continues to push south toward Fusion Canyon on the west side of Highway 79. Firefighters will continue to hold lines west of Highway 79 and north of Fusion Canyon.
Firefighters are taking into concern Thursday’s predicted early morning wind potential blowing from the north, northwest at 10 to 20 miles per hour with gusts up to 30 miles per hour. Spotting Fires remain a concern at this time. Fire fuel remains extreme even with the dip in temperatures in the coming days.