WIND CAVE NATIONAL PARK, SD – Local personnel from the National Park Service and South Dakota Wildland Fire responded to a grass fire in Wind Cave National Park at 3:13 p.m. on Wednesday, January 12. The fire burned about 1.3 acres and was controlled by 5:30 p.m. The human-caused fire is under investigation.
“This event shows that dry conditions persist, regardless of the season,” said Wind Cave Superintendent Leigh Welling. “It’s a reminder to exercise caution when using equipment and be diligent about watching burn piles.”
Ten personnel from Wind Cave National Park and Custer State Park controlled the blaze. Three Type 6 engines were used. No structures were threatened by the fire.