December 17, 2017
CUSTER STATE PARK – Containment lines continue to hold and minimal fire behavior will allow firefighters to carry on mop up and patrol efforts Sunday around all areas of the Legion Lake Fire. Resources will be focused on securing containment lines east of the Custer State Park Boundary and west of Downen Road.
Due to more accurate mapping by ground crews on Saturday, the acreage increased to 54,023, while containment increased to 90 percent. Fire managers will re-evaluate containment this afternoon, but it is expected to remain at 90 percent.
Temperatures will remain in the 20’s with a high of 33 degrees predicted for today. Winds will remain in the north, northwest ranging from 10 to 25 miles per hour.
A type three organization will remain in charge through end of shift today, but then the fire will transition to a type four team. Additional resources continue to be demobilized.
Custer State Park and all interior roads within the park remain closed until Sunday night. Highway 16A and Highway 87 South will open to the public beginning Monday morning. All other roads within the park will remain closed due to visitor safety.
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.