December 15, 2017
CUSTER STATE PARK – The Legion Lake Fire, in its fifth day remains at 53,875 acres and 50 percent containment, however fire managers will re-evaluate fire conditions this afternoon and containment is anticipated to increase after day shift completes their rotation.
Mop up and patrolling operations will continue around all containment lines of the fire including the Blue Bell Lodge area, State Game Lodge area, south along Highway 87, and east past the Custer State Park boundary along the west side of Highway 79.
With the temperatures falling down to 12 degrees Thursday night, fire behavior was minimal and containment lines held. Temperatures will be in the 50’s today, keeping fire behavior active in the southern end of the fire north of Buffalo Gap and east of Highland Ridge Road in Wind Cave National Park. Fire spotting still remains a threat in the south and southwest ends of the fire.
Winds will continue out of the north, northwest at 10 to 20 miles per hour with gusts up to 30 miles per hour in higher elevations.
Snow is predicted in the weather forecast across the Black Hills for Saturday.
Two heavy air tankers were released by fire officials, but a type three helicopter still remains on scene for aerial recon.
Rocky Mountain Team Blue will officially transfer command to a type three organization on Saturday night.
Highway 16A and Highway 87 south will remain closed for visitor safety due to the threat of falling trees.
In addition, Custer State Park, along with all interior roads within the park also remains closed