We decided to travel through the Black Hills right down the middle on HWY 385 to Mount Rushmore then on to the Crazy Horse Monument and then through the Custer State Park before turning backup HWY 36 & 79 to Rapid City. The Mine Draw fire was reported about 11:19 a.m. Wednesday in Custer State Park. The Badger Hole is closed for 2020 due to COVID-19. Officials say no park structures or public areas are being threatened. (photo courtesy Custer State Park) (KOTA) Published: Jun. “ Neither federal nor state officials have imposed social distancing requirements as part of the gathering. Currently, Highway 87 North is closed from the junction of 16A and Needles Highway to Playhouse road. Matt is right. Colonel George Armstrong Custer.The park covers an area of over 71,000 acres (287 km 2) of varied terrain including rolling prairie grasslands and rugged mountains.. We can’t thank our residents enough for giving us … 701 likes. The governor’s office says as of 8 p.m. MT Wednesday evening, the fire is estimated at 150 acres. This will remain closed to avoid road congestion and aid firefighters in accessing the fire to increase containment. The Custer State Park Winter Trail Challenge kicks off today, Nov. 27 and will run through April 5. Custer State Park officials report that Highway 87 between Highway 16A and the Needles Highway is now closed. The Mine Draw fire was reported about 11:19 a.m. Wednesday in Custer State Park. (AP) — After the near decimation of the Custer State Park bighorn sheep herd, wildlife managers are now seeing the group as a success story. The state of South Dakota provided an update on the Mine Draw Fire in Custer State Park early Thursday afternoon. (AP) – South Dakota is bring in more resources to fight a wildfire near Mount Rushmore. To participate, simply pick up a Trail Challenge flyer at the Custer State Park … There's a cabin in Custer State Park affectionately known as the Badger Hole. A fire at Custer State Park in western South Dakota is now 100% contained as of 2 p.m. Thursday, according to state officials. Typos, let us know HERE. I understand that the fireworks were canceled a while ago! Hopefully this thing doesn’t go full Charlie Foxtrot. There are two, Type 1 Helicopters and one air attack plane being used on the fire, with additional air resources also available. No concern about Park personnel or wildland firefighters and all related personnel needing to assist if there were an incidents. Visiting this state park is a MUST. It is heading northwest from the park shop near Highway 16A. No park structures or public areas are being threatened at this time. The Interior Department has positioned firefighting resources at the site, according to a senior department official…”, “… Trump said in January that when it came to barring fireworks at Mount Rushmore, “nobody knew why, they just said environmental reasons.” And he dismissed the idea that the event would pose any risks to the massive statue depicting the images of four U.S. presidents. Those SD politicians just can’t help themselves. The Mount Rushmore area in the Black Hills of South Dakota is currently in “Moderate Drought”. Snowshoe rental is also available through the Visitor Center. The Mine Draw fire was reported about 11:19 a.m. Wednesday in Custer State Park. – A fire in Custer State Park continues to burn Thursday morning as over 100 firefighters work to contain the scene. The weather station at the Custer State Park airport recorded a maximum relative humidity overnight of 70 percent. A variety of firefighting aircraft were seen over the fire Wednesday afternoon: The air tankers were refilling with retardant the Rapid City Air Tanker Base at the Regional Airport. (Brad Anderson, KOTA-AM, contributed this report.). (Photo by Todd DeFeo/The DeFeo Groupe) The South Dakota Parks and Wildlife Foundation plans to construct a multimillion center about the Custer State Park bison herd’s tenured history.. The only official information available today about the Mine Draw Fire was issued by the South Dakota Governor’s office. According to the Governor Kristi Noem’s office, the Mine Draw Fire is estimated to be 60 acres and 25% contained. RAPID CITY S.D. On May 1 CFPD had our one year anniversary after re-opening the fire station for calls. Do they think arson? Google+ View all posts by Bill Gabbert. Info; Details; Custer State Park. Your email address will not be published. The fire is burning between Highway 16A and Center Lake. The Custer Fire Protection District wishes all of our friends in the fire service a Happy International Fire Fighters Day. June 25, 2020. To participate, simply pick up a Trail Challenge flyer at the Custer State Park Visitor Center any time from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., seven days per week. The governor should not be involved with this unless she is hiding something. Traveling the Wild Life Loop we saw bison and mules. 20 min ago. The blaze is west of the Custer State Park maintenance shop on the north side of 87 and seven miles east of Custer. Custer State Park – Day 2 – Custer, SD – August 23, 2020 Custer State Park – Day 2 – Custer, SD – August 23, 2020. The forecast for the fire area at 5 p.m. calls for the temperature going down to 73, humidity 54 percent, and increasing cloud cover with showers and thunderstorms likely. The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks' website has the outdoor related information you need. According to Custer State Park Social Media, the fire is an estimated 15-20 acres in size and heading northwest from the park shop near Highway 16A. I’m sure it’s related to the upcoming fireworks event at Mt Rushmore. But for this fire, information is being controlled by Governor Kristi Noem’s office. Shown is a portion of Custer State Park, 150 acres of which South Dakota officials estimate is on fire as of 8 p.m. Wednesday, June 25. How can the fire be 150 acres Wednesday according to the governors assistant and 60 today? Rushmore out of date?!? Additional information will be provided as it becomes available. Skies will be mostly sunny until early afternoon, at which point cloud cover will increase. A fire burning six miles south of Mount Rushmore in Custer State Park was 25 percent contained and had torched 60 acres as of Thursday, June 25, reports said. Joke right? Open: Memorial Day - Labor Day, Closed. Ian Fury, a spokesman for Gov. CUSTER STATE PARK, S.D. We walked the Badger Clark Trail and read some poetry on our way. Thanks, Bill, for your historical context for the possible upcoming debacle. The Governor’s Office just released the below news release at noon: Custer State Park, SD – The Mine Draw Fire is currently active in Custer State Park between Hwy 16A and Center Lake. Kristi Noem, says firefighters contained the entire fire Thursday afternoon. Visitors to the park are advised to get to Center Lake from Iron Mountain Road or American Center Road. Kelo said their staff was informed that reporters cannot film without permission of the Governor. After working full time in wildland fire for 33 years, he continues to learn, and strives to be a Student of Fire. Custer State Park. It is not uncommon for fire sizes to be reduced, sometimes significantly, in the day or days after initial report and size up. 24, 2020 at 4:44 PM MDT Custer State Park remains open, however, Grace Coolidge Walk-in Fishing Area, Center Lake beach and lake access are closed due to bucket usage for helicopters. A fire at Custer State Park in western South Dakota reached 150 acres as of 8 p.m. Wednesday, according to state officials. The Mine Draw Fire had grown to 150 acres by 4:30 p.m. and was being attacked by firefighters on the ground and in the air north of Highway 16A and east of Highway 87. Scott Jacobson, a spokesperson for the Great Plains Interagency Dispatch Center said firefighting resources working on the fire included fire engines from several agencies, dozers, and the Tatanka Hotshots. The Rocky Mountain Area Coordination Center tweeted Wednesday evening that eight aircraft were deployed to fight the wildfire and that hotshot crews from South Dakota, Wyoming and Colorado were mobilized. Just posted in the Washington Post, that officials are concerned about two things at Mt Rushmore with this “massive firework display”: wildfires and spread of Covid-19. Custer State Park, SD – The Mine Draw Fire is currently active in Custer State Park between Hwy 16A and Center Lake. The fire … There is an old fire lookout tower at the top of the mountain. The park is home to a herd of 1,500 bison. UPDATE — 7:15 p.m.: The fire in Custer State Park, now designated the Mine Draw Fire, has grown to 150 acres, according to the Rocky Mountain Area Coordination Center (RMACC), an interagency group that coordinates firefighting resources. Park Managers request that visitors respect these closures for the safety of the public and firefighters. It’s estimated to be approximately 60 acres and 25% contained. Hunting, Fishing or Camping in South Dakota? (UPDATED at 12:14 p.m. MDT June 25, 2020). The fire started on June 24, 2020 at approximately 11:15 a.m. and the cause remains under investigation. 25, 2020 at 10:01 AM MDT See my note from above. The secondary jewel (beyond Rushmore) in the Black Hills is the Custer State Park. Three Single Engine Air tankers, all Air Tractor 802s; Two helicopters, a Sikorsky S-61A and an Airbus AS50. Located south of US Highway 16A on Badger Clark Road. Fire sizes are estimated by the Incident Commander, which can sometimes be a tall order when final size estimates are generated under smoky or low light conditions, in difficult terrain, etc.. Custer State Park is filled with sights, sounds and amazing creatures. Published: Jun. “What can burn? This cabin was home to one of the park's most colorful historic characters. The fire was first reported around 11 a.m. Wednesday off Highway 16A east of Custer and evening reports had the fire area’s size estimated at 150 acres, northwest of the Custer State Park maintenance shop or roughly eight miles east of Custer. Firefighters in the Black Hills are attacking a fire that was discovered at 11:19 Wednesday morning in Custer State Park six miles south of Mount Rushmore. The update said the  fire has burned 60 acres, which is a decrease from the Wednesday afternoon estimate of 150 acres. We provide primary fire services to the City of Custer, Crazy Horse Monument, Custer State Park and Jewel Cave National Monument . The Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust awarded a $4 million grant for the Custer State Park Bison Center. As of 3 p.m. CT, the park reports the fire is 15-20 acres in size. Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Photo provided by Custer State Park Custer is located in … There are 117 firefighters on scene, with additional resources available should they be needed. Heavy rain is likely. The state tourism department, which is distributing 7,500 tickets for the event, has estimated that it has had requests for at least 125,000…”, “…We are confident that the Rushmore Fireworks celebration can be conducted safely,” Fury said, adding that organizers are monitoring weather forecasts. Enter your email address to subscribe and receive notifications of new articles by email. The customary system for distributing information about wildfires in the Black Hills is with local agency information officers coordinated through the Great Plains Interagency Dispatch Center. The fire started on June 24, 2020 at approximately 11:15 a.m. and the cause remains under investigation. The safety of the public and firefighters will continue to be the primary objective of this incident. I think the 4th of July will go on without FIREWORKS! Will we ever know. The fire that started in Custer State Park Wednesday has burned an estimated 150 acres just south of the national memorial. The 2020-2021 Winter Trail Challenge consists of five hikes and the chance to try snowshoeing. Highway 87 North from the intersections of Highway 16A and Needles Highway is currently closed. As of 3:18 p.m. 0.25″ of rain had been measured at the Custer State Park airport. Required fields are marked *. Two large air tankers: T-02, a BAe-146; and T-162, an RJ85; they were dispatched from Pueblo, CO and Rocky Mountain Metropolitan Airport near Denver, respectively. There is no cost, and in case you change your mind each email has an unsubscribe button. You still provide the best fire information out there! It was built in 1939. 25, 2020 at 11:01 AM CDT I suspect that dispatch was getting worried phone calls. A Custer State Park official says the fire grew from about 55 square miles (142 square kilometers) to roughly 73 square miles (190 square kilometers) as of Wednesday night. CUSTER STATE PARK, S.D. Two additional hotshot crews are en route to the Mine Draw Fire east of Custer, South Dakota — the Roosevelt Hotshots from Colorado and the Wyoming Hotshots. Thanks, Bill. So, it is a legitimate question in this case. Custer State Park announced that as of 2 p.m. today the Mine Draw Fire is 100 percent contained. One of the nation’s largest state parks, just 15 miles from the city of Custer, South Dakota’s premier State Park comprises 71,000 acres. With the overnight conditions, the forecast, and the resources on hand, the firefighters could have a good chance of stopping the spread of the 60-acre fire today. (KELO.com) —  Firefighters are currently battling the Mine Draw Wildfire in Custer State Park, not very far from the scene of the Legion Lake Fire over two years ago. Have a wildland fire news tip? How will they evacuate 7,500-125K people if there are fires? The fire was reported at 11:19 a.m. June 24 in Custer State Park six miles south of Mount Rushmore. Lightening strike? Smoke from the Mine Draw Fire was discernible in the Newcastle, WY area Wednesday evening, leading the Weston County Fire Protection District to issue a statement as to the source of the smoke and reassuring readers that there was no fire within the county. Temperatures for the day will start in the low 60s and climb to near 80 degrees. They’re going to pull off that campaign rally no matter what the fire danger is. 05/05/2020 . And, please keep in mind our commenting ground rules before you post a comment. Custer State Park is a South Dakota State Park and wildlife reserve in the Black Hills, United States.The park is South Dakota's largest and first state park, named after Lt. That was around the time that a very large thunderstorm cell was centered over the fire. Thank you Bill for your updates. We were blown away by the beauty of Sylvan Lake. A resident near the fire said that last night the wind in the fire area was calm and there was not much smoke. (Originally published at 5:37 p.m. MDT June 24, 2020). The Legion Lake Fire burned 54-thousand acres in an area just south of this fire, back in December of 2017. I wonder how the Park Superintendent feels now with the entire wildland fire community watching this nearby wildfire and the July 4th extravaganza unfold in just ten days. I’m not happy with the fact that Noem is controlling the release of information on this fire, but it explains why information is so hard to find. Custer Fire Protection District, Custer Park, Illinois. Updated: June 25, 2020 04:40 PM A wildfire in Custer State Park has been contained. Your email address will not be published. Fire crews are on the scene of a wildfire burning inside the boundaries of Custer State Park. The 2020-2021 Winter Trail Challenge consists of five hikes and the chance to try snowshoeing. Located in the South West Corner of South Dakota, in the Heart of the Black Hills, Custer Volunteer Fire Department was Established in 1879. Details for CUSTER STATE PARK - Ad from 2020-11-26. But in this situation a politician, the governor of the state, has assumed control over providing information about the incident. Fire managers will continue to reevaluate closures and open areas as soon as it’s safe to do so. Is this talk of fireworks at Mt. 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Published at 12:29 p.m. Updated Dec 03, 2020; Posted Dec 03, 2020 Part of a property formerly known as Custer Park is seen in a photo on the city of Portland's website. The fire was reported at 11:19 a.m. June 24 in Custer State Park six miles south of Mount Rushmore. Yesterday three Type 1 Hotshot crews were at the fire or en route. Where will they escape to if a fire does start? 24, 2020 at 3:44 PM PDT. Visitors can still access the iconic Needles and Center Lake Campground from American Center Road or Iron Mountain Road. The South Dakota Governor’s senior advisor and policy director, Maggie Seidel, said at 8:15 p.m. MDT Wednesday that the fire has burned 150 acres. Click here. Ominous for sure, it’s dry, and they’re still going to have a show for #45. If a fire is large enough, a helicopter or aircraft will map it aerially. We are waiting to hear if the Governor has declared it officially contained. June 25, 2020, 1:56 PM. ————- There’s much more, including fundraising activity in SD and MT surrounding the event. (photo courtesy Custer State Park) (KOTA) Published: Jun. A … Wow, ominous. In a news release, the state said the fire … It’s stone,” he said…”. Custer Tourism; Custer Hotels; Custer Bed and Breakfast; Custer Vacation Rentals; Custer Vacation Packages; Flights to Custer; Custer Restaurants; Things to Do in Custer; Custer Travel Forum; Custer Photos; Custer Map; Custer Travel Guide; All Custer Hotels; Custer Hotel Deals; Last Minute Hotels in Custer; By Hotel Type. Showers and thunderstorms will move into the area after 5:00 p.m. (photo courtesy Custer State Park) (KOTA) Published: Jun. November 29, 2020 admin Comments 3 comments. UPDATE: Fire burning at Custer State Park 100% contained 6/25/2020 Ruth Bader Ginsburg to lie in repose, Breonna Taylor announcement, Beta still a threat: 5 things to know Wednesday At 11:18 a.m. MDT today it had dropped to 39 percent, the temperature was 83, and the wind was 12 mph out of the northeast gusting up to 21 mph. Valerie, it was in the national papers that the President is excited about the Mt Rushmore firework display. Custer State Park is … Something is fishy here. The statement from the Governor’s office said that in addition to the hand crews and fire engines, there are two Type 1 helicopters and one air attack plane on scene for a total of 117 personnel. The fire is half a mile north of the Legion Lake Fire that burned 54,000 acres in December, 2017. Custer State Park has been home to diverse cultural heritages for thousands of years and has provided an array of scenic beauty … Another person who was farther way could clearly see the smoke column yesterday but early this morning none was visible. It’s a go, as far as I think we’ve all read the EAS (baloney). Facebook Share pic.twitter.com/k85qLn4tL8, — Wildfire Today 🔥 (@wildfiretoday) June 24, 2020. Buy your license, … Fire Protection District With a 150 acre estimate and a 60 acre final tally, probably someone walked the perimeter with a GPS device to provide this final result. Since the fire started, the weather station not far away at the Custer State Park airport has recorded temperatures in the mid 80s, relative humidity around 30 percent, and winds out of the east or northeast at 4 to 8 mph gusting at 12 to 16 mph. CUSTER, S.D. Lives and the beautiful Black Hills are more important than the President and God knows how many tourists. Custer State Park and Wind Cave National Park are closed to the public, except in Wind Cave the roads that are still open include Hwy. Their decision not to release the details of the go/no go plan are highly suspect as well. Additional objectives are to minimize growth of the fire and keep the fire North of Shop Draw Road, East of Highway 87, and West of Mine Draw Road. If common sense sets in with the governor…..NO FIREWORKS!!!! Over a hundred people are fighting the blaze, and full containment is expected sometime Saturday at this point. It’s estimated to be approximately 60 acres and 25% contained. The Black Hills are in a moderate drought, and the weather Wednesday has been on the high side of moderate from a firefighters’ point of view.