August 27, 2003
Tom Farrell, 605-745-1130
Two 20-person State Department of Corrections hand crews were busy Wednesday mopping-up the 12-acre Curley Canyon Fire. The fire is located two miles north of the Wind Cave National Park Headquarters.
The fire was reported at 9 a.m. Tuesday morning by hikers walking along the Centennial Trail. Crews from the National Park Service, US Forest Service, and the State Department of Corrections were dispatched to suppress the fire.
Air support was provided by two tankers and a helicopter which dropped retardant and water to slow the growth of the fire until hand crews were able to dig a 4,200 foot line around the fire. The fire was classified as contained at 8:30 p.m. Tuesday night.
The fire burned along steep slopes covered with pine needles and grass.
Weather forecasts for Wednesday call for temperatures in the 90s and the passage of a cold front which could bring thunderstorms and high winds. Visitors to the area are encouraged to be careful with cigarettes and all burnable materials.