Custer State Park: South Dakota wildfire fully contained

CUSTER, S. D. – Officials say a wildfire that has burned more than half of South Dakota’s Custer State Park is fully included.

The park tweeted Tuesday that the staff are engaged with the fixing of fences, removal of danger trees, and monitoring wildlife park. The tweet says that park burros, who was burned in the fire, “keep” and remain under veterinary care.

The fire burned more than 84 square miles (218 square kilometers) since the beginning of a downed power line on Dec. 11.

The park will remain open on a limited basis.

The park just south of Mount Rushmore National Memorial is one of the top tourist destination, with hills with ponderosa pine and prairie. Visitors often drive by to see the roaming buffalo and other wild animals.

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