Unless there is significant activity, 2 updates will be posted, one after the morning briefing and one after the evening briefing.
Custer, SD – The Cold Fire is estimated at 1,900 acres in size, 20% contained, and has burned 1,258 acres on the Black Hills National Forest, 319 acres on Wind Cave National Park, and 328 acres on private land.
200 personnel are currently assigned to this fire. This includes 44 engines, three type 2 hand crews (20 people each), two type 1 helicopters, one type 3 helicopter, 2 fixed wings and 1 air tanker.
Today’s objectives are to provide for firefighter and public safety, protect homes and subdivisions, protect Wind Cave National Park infrastructure and natural resources, and protect wildlife habitat and Custer State Park.
Dry fuels, erratic winds, rough terrain and low humidity remain a concern as firefighters and emergency responders continue work to contain this fire. High winds tomorrow and spotting activity also remain a concern.
The cause of the fire is remains under investigation. No evacuations have been issued and no structures have been lost. Structure protection remains in place.
Significant smoke may be visible as interior fuels continue to burn and smolder. Custer, SD and surrounding area will be impacted by smoke due to south winds.
Firefighters gained a significant advantage when the fire burned into the ‘Section 2 Prescribed Burn Area. The recent prescribed burn provided fewer fuels for the fire to consume and caused a significant decrease in fire activity. Fuels treatment on private land also helped create defensible space.
The Cold fire started on April 2, 2016, 4 miles east of Pringle, SD near Highway 87.