As of Wednesday evening, December 13, the Legion Lake Fire burning portions of Custer State Park, Wind Cave National Park, and a significant amount of private land south of Hermosa and north of Hot Springs has burned approximately 45,000 acres. No injuries have been reported and there has been no damage to homes or historic buildings in the area.
A forest fire in Custer State Park is estimated at 2,500 acres, and observers say it’s likely to grow.
About 200 fire fighters are on the scene, with more on the way.
Five residences are evacuated.
Scott Jacobson is the public information officer for the Legion Lake Fire. He says the fire is fed by windy conditions.
“It’s wind driven. They’ve got zero containment on it right now,” Jacobson says. “With the weather forecast the way it is the next several days, this is going to go into the rest of the week, we’re guessing.”
In The Moment ... October 16, 2017 Show 199 Hour 1
When the George S. Mickelson Trail was formally dedicated in 1997, the project's many supporters decided to host a celebratory ride along the trail’s entire 109 miles. Twenty years later, cyclist still brave the elements, the potential gear failures, and the saddle sores for the trek. This year, SDPB's Larry Rohrer and Brian Gevik paid their registration fees and donned their helmets to embrace the trail. They join us with highlights.