As of Monday, the Crow Peak Fire has been fully contained and control has been handed over to a Type 3 Incident Management Team, reports the Black Hills Pioneer. Since its start by lightning strike June 24th, the fire has burned 2,733 acres.
170 people continue working on Crow Peak to maintain containment and extinguishing hot spots near the fire’s 11-mile perimeter. Over 526,000 gallons of water and 124,500 gallons of retardant were flown in and dropped on the flames. No structures were damaged in the flames, but many came close. Incident Commander Trainee Tom Roerick congratulated firefighters on their excellent safety record during this fire, during which only two crew members sustained minor injuries and about 50 were treated for poison ivy. Traffic in the area remains closed to non-residents and the Black Hills National Forest in the Crow Peak area also remains closed for public safety reasons.
Fire danger remains high in the Black Hills and several fires were started over the weekend, including two in Meade and Lawrence counties.