Cluster, SD - Timely rains helped fire officials gain full containment at 2:00 p.m. Friday on the Grizzly Fire located 1 ½ miles east of Harney Peak in the Black Elk Wilderness. "Mother Nature's lightning started this fire Wednesday and two separate rains helped us gain control this afternoon," said Scott Haas, Hell Canyon District Ranger.
Firefighters also received help from other important partners including three horses and two mules from Custer State Park Pack Stock and an additional four horses from the Black Hills National Forest Service. "These animals provide invaluable support to our suppression efforts and the spike camp. They efficiently packed firefighting tools and supplies up this steep, rugged Wilderness Area, while easily navigating through all the dead and down timber, said Haas.
Final fire size was confirmed at 2.6 acres by GPS measures Conditions improved enough that some resources were demobilized this morning with 20 firefighters remaining on site to extinguish and remove burning material near control lines and continue mop up. Smoke may be visible from the fire area.
The South Dakota National Guard, Custer State Park and the Black Hills National Forest Service continue to have resources on site to support full suppression efforts.
(Photo Caption: Left to right: Mike Porp, Dennis Beighley and Doug Cox rode from Little Devils Tower Trailhead to Spike Camp to deliver tools and supplies)