Cascade fire burning in southern Black Hills - KOTA Territory News

Cascade fire in southern Black Hills 80% contained

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UPDATE Thursday afternoon:

After a more accurate survey, the Cascade fire is estimated at 79.5 acres.  The fire grew very little during the day.

According to SD Wildland Fire, two hand crews are still on the fire and a Black Hawk helicopter has been making aerial water drops on the fire today again today.

The fire is about 80-percent contained, but Incident Commander trainee Steve Esser says a gusty wind has been a problem along the west side of the fire area.

There are 4 engines, a water tender, and two bulldozers also on the fire scene Thursday.

UPDATE Thursday morning:

Crews continue to fight a fire in the Southern Hills, via the air and the ground.

The Cascade Fire was sparked by lightning Tuesday night.

The fire held overnight, burning an area between 35 and 40 acres in the Seven Sisters Mountain Area located about 5 miles southeast of Hot Springs.

According to wildfire suppression, a helicopter will return to the fire Thursday, and the single engine air tanker unit that attacked the fire Wednesday has been released back to Nebraska.

Firefighting efforts currently consist of two hand crews, a dozer, an engine, and local volunteers.

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