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Grizzly fire remains small but continues to challenge firefighters

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UPDATE: Grizzly Fire Report

Fire managers are working to fully suppress the 1.5 acre Grizzly Fire, while providing for firefighter and public safety.

The lightning-ignited fire, 1 1/2 miles east of Harney Peak, was reported Wednesday in very steep, rugged terrain in the Black Elk Wilderness.

"Our number one priority is providing for firefighter and public safety," said Scott Haas, Hell Canyon District Ranger.

Responding units include 35 firefighters from the Black Hills National Forest and SD Wildland Fire Suppression Division.

"Steep and rugged terrain has made access into the fire difficult," said Haas. "A fire camp has been established near the wilderness boundary to provide for quicker access to the fire."

Thursday, firefighters are working to improve access routes, establish a safe anchor point, and continue suppression activities. Firefighters will also continue to monitor fire behavior, the terrain and weather forecasts.

A fixed wing aircraft continues to assess the fire situation to provide for firefighter safety.

Crews will remain on scene for several days and work to extinguish and remove burning material near control lines, mop up hot spots and work to reduce residual smoke, however, smoke may still be visible for many days.

For more information on the Black Hills National Forest, visit http://www.fs.usda.gov/blackhills 

 

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