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Custer State Park Remains Closed Due to Wildfire





CUSTER STATE PARK, S.D. – The Legion Lake Fire, which began early Monday morning by Wilson’s Corner, has now risen to 2,500 acres burned. The fire is being transitioned to Rocky Mountain Team Blue type two. The fire remains zero percent contained. Custer State Park will remain closed through Tuesday, Dec. 12.

The fire began roughly around 7:30 a.m. and the origin of the fire remains under investigation. 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.

Heavy air tankers, helicopters, additional hand crews and various overhead have been ordered. There are currently 200 firefighters on scene.

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.

Fire Desk information and updates can be provided by emailing LegionLakeFire@gmail.com or by calling 605.646.3263.

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