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CUSTER, S. D. – The Latest on a wildfire in Custer State Park in South Dakota’s Black Hills (all times are local):

4:25 pm

A forest fire in Custer State Park in the Black Hills of South Dakota has spread, without causing any injuries.

Lydia Austin, a park spokeswoman, said Tuesday afternoon that the fire has grown to more than 6.25 square miles (16.2 square km). That is more than 4.6 square kilometres (11.9 sq. km) reported that morning.

An unused building is burned to the ground, but no one is hurt. Kobee Stalder, the park visitor services program manager, tells KELO-AM that fire-fighters have concentrated on the protection of structures including the Blue Bell Lodge, State Game Lodge.

Stalder says that people can “tip our hats” to the fire department, says that he is confident that the buildings are not lost.

The fire broke Monday during dry, hot weather. Austin has said that the cause is under investigation.

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11:05 pm

A spreading wildfire has destroyed a building in Custer State Park in the Black Hills of South Dakota.

Lydia Austin, a park spokeswoman said Tuesday that the fire has grown to more than 4.6 square miles (11.9 square kilometers), of 4 square miles (10.4 sq. km) on Monday.

Five homes in the park have been evacuated and a vacant building was on fire. No one was injured.

The blaze is zero percent contained and about 200 firefighters are on the scene.

The fire broke Monday during dry, hot weather. Austin says that the cause is under investigation.

Custer State Park features rolling hills with ponderosa pine and prairie. Austin says that animals naturally moves away from the fire.

The park is closed as well as roads in and out.

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