Substantial rain helps White Draw Fire - KOTA Territory News

Substantial rain helps White Draw Fire


The White Draw Fire was 95% contained yesterday before the rain came in. The rain sped up the containment efforts considerably.

Firefighters and crew continue to work towards 100% containment. The goal for Friday is to mop up and prepare to turn the fire over to a Type 3 team.

Friday morning, the fire sat at 8,900 acres. It is located approximately five miles northeast of Edgemont, burning primarily on National Forest lands in a mix of grasslands
and timber.

Demobilization continues and many resources will be released today. Rehabilitation has started on containment lines. A Burned Area Emergency Response (BAER) team is being established to
assess rehabilitation needs.

There is a closure in the Black Hills National Forest due to the fire. Officials think that is the best option needed for public health and safety by limiting nonessential use by the public. Exempted from the order are local residents, persons with permits, and persons involved with the firefighting operations.

Please remember that this fire is impacting a relatively small
area and there are still many recreational opportunities in the Black Hills.

The information staff will be at the Edgemont Conoco Station from 2:00 to
6:00 p.m. to answer any questions from the public about the fires. Friday
will be the last day a staff person will be at the Conoco.

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