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The Latest: Custer park fire will probably be fully listed soon

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

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A Custer State Park official says the fire department expects a western South Dakota wildfire s to be fully recorded by the end of the crew’ Monday shift.

Kobee Stalder, the park visitor services program manager, says that the fire consumed more than 84 square miles (218 square km) in the park and outside its boundaries. He says slightly more than half of the park was burned.

Officials reported Sunday that the fire was 95 percent contained.

Park officials say that the two main roads in and out of the park, U. S. Highway 16 and State Highway 87 South, as well as the visitors center will be open Monday morning. Stalder says the park could be fully re-opened to visitors on Friday.

He says that the officials of the clearing of trees that the possibility of the fall in the roads. The fire started from a downed power line on Dec. 11.

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11:05 pm

Custer State Park is open again, after a week after a fire closed the popular South Dakota tourist attraction.

Park officials say that the two main roads in and out of the park, U. S. Highway 16 and State Highway 87 South, as well as the visitors center will be open Monday morning. But some hiking trails and interior roads remain closed.

Superintendent Matt Snyder asks that the visitors of the patient as well as the park to assess the damage and the repair of roads and fences.

The fire burned more than 84 square miles (218 square kilometers) since the beginning of a downed power line on Dec. 11. Officials say the fire is 95 percent contained.

The park just south of Mount Rushmore National Memorial is one of the top tourist destination.

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