Wildfire grows in Custer State Park in South Dakota

CUSTER, S. D. – A wildfire spreads and forced evacuations in Custer State Park in the Black Hills of southwestern South Dakota.

The fire had grown to about 4 square miles on Monday afternoon. The state Wildland Fire Division says five homes in the park have been evacuated, although no buildings have burned and no one is hurt.

The department says another point of concern is the historic Blue Bell Lodge, which is closed for the season. The officials say that it is not currently threatened by the fire, but they keep an eye on the area.

About 200 firefighters fight the fire, which broke out Monday amid dry, hot weather. The cause of the fire is being investigated.

Custer State Park features rolling hills with ponderosa pine and prairie. The park is closed, as are all the roads in and out of the park.

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