December 16, 2017
CUSTER STATE PARK – Containment lines and moderate fire behavior allowed firefighters to continue mop up and patrol efforts on Friday night around all areas of the fire. Due to more accurate mapping by ground crews, the acreage did increase to 54,023, while containment holds at 80 percent for Saturday. Fire managers will re-evaluate containment this afternoon, but it is expected to increase.
Snow is in the forecast for today, which is expected to accumulate in the higher elevations of the fire area and will add additional support for fire containment.
Friday, some interior timber stands were burned, so smoke was very visible. Those areas were well within the fire perimeter and are not expected to produce as much smoke today, as most of the fine fuels were consumed.
Rocky Mountain Team Blue will officially transfer command at 6:00 p.m. this evening to a type three organization. Additional resources continue to be demobilized.
Custer State Park and all interior roads within the park remain closed. All areas of Wind Cave National Park with the exception of Highway 385, Highway 87, Beaver Creek Road, associated turnouts and the immediate area around the visitor center are closed to all public entry.