CUSTER STATE PARK (KEVN) - Day two of the Legion Lake Fire results in nearly 4,000 acres burning at Custer State Park. Seven percent is now contained but crews are still battling mother nature to get the fire under control.
"Really the Wind is another element we have to battle out here," said visitor services program manager, Kobee Stalder, "That is why yesterday it was really hard to do any kind of containment , it was really too hard to do anything with it really."
Hand crews are working to protect the buildings and structures located in the area.
"What we are trying to do there is save as many structures as possible in the park," said Stalder, "Right now that has been a great success. We have only lost one out building and it was an unused building."
Tuesday morning, firefighters were still trying to get some containment on the Legion Lake Fire.
Fortunately, it did not grow overnight and is still estimated at 2,500 acres. The fire will be mapped Tuesday to get a more-accurate assessment of the size.
Firefighters continue to battle the Legion Lake Fire in Custer State Park.
The Legion Lake Fire, which began early Monday morning by Wilson’s Corner, has now risen to 2,500 acres burned. The fire remains zero percent contained.
Heavy air tankers, helicopters, additional hand crews and various overhead have been ordered. There are currently 200 firefighters on scene.
The fire is being transitioned to the Rocky Mountain Team Blue type two incident management team.
The fire began roughly around 7:30 a.m. and the origin of the fire remains under investigation, although it is human caused.
It moved south and east along Centennial Trail toward the Star Academy East Campus and Badger Hole. The head of the fire has crossed Heddy Draw and lies on both sides of Barnes Canyon Road.
Custer State Park will remain closed through Tuesday, Dec. 12.
The State Game Lodge, Blue Bell Lodge area and other facilities in the park are currently being threatened. One out building has been lost.
Objectives created by South Dakota Wildland Fire are to keep the fire East of Highway 87, South of Highway 16A, West of the Wildlife Loop Road and North of Custer State Park Road 4 and 5 to Ridge Road.
The Legion Lake Fire has now grown to 2,500 acres and firefighters expect to be on scene throughout the week. At this time, there is no containment.
Currently, there are 200 firefighters on the fire.
Legion Lake Fire has grown to more than 1,000 acres, according to Custer State Park.
Custer State Park has been closed due to the Legion Lake Fire.
A Type 3 incident management team has been ordered to take over command of the Legion Lake Fire.
Roads near Devil’s Triangle, including sections of Highways 16A and 87 are closed.
Also, the Bug Fire, burning six miles north of Custer, has grown to about 12.5 acres.
Both fires are reportedly human caused but specific details have not been released.
Firefighters are on the 30-acre Legion Lake Fire burning in Custer State Park near Legion Lake Lodge.
At the time of this post, all roads leading to Legion Lake are closed due to the fire.
South Dakota Wildland Fire and Black Hills National Forest crews are already on scene and the Rapid City Fire Department is sending an engine and crew to assist.
There is also another fire in the same area; about six miles north of Custer. That fire is five acres.
The cause of both fires is unknown at this time.
We will update the story when more information is available.