The Legion Lake Fire in Custer State Park is now the third largest wildfire in the Black Hills, according to the Rapid City Journal and Black Hills National Forest records. Wildfire records for the area began in 1910.
The Legion Lake Fire began on December 11 and grew from 4,000 acres on December 12 to 35,000 acres by the morning of December 13 due to winds that swept across the region. By December 14, the fire had gone across 47,500 acres and was 10 percent contained.
The largest recorded fire in Black Hills was the Jasper Fire, located west of Custer, SD. The fire blazed across 83,510 acres in the year 2000. The second largest fire was Oil Creek Fire in 2012, occurring northwest of Newcastle, Wyoming.
To read more about wildfires in the Black Hills region, visit the Black Hills Knowledge Network’s online news archive.