- Associated Press - Wednesday, July 27, 2016

SPEARFISH, S.D. (AP) - The U.S. Forest Service says a closure order for the Crow Peak area has been lifted and a wildfire on the peak west of Spearfish is fully controlled.

The agency said Wednesday that visitors can now use the Crow Peak hiking trail.

The blaze sparked by lightning on June 24 torched more than 2,700 acres, or about 4 square miles. The area has been closed for safety.

The fire was fully contained July 4. It’s now controlled, which means the lines are expected to hold for the foreseeable future, though pockets of fuel inside the fire perimeter will keep smoldering.

Northern Hills District Ranger Rhonda O’Byrne says people should stay on the hiking trail.

Crow Peak is a key landmark in the Northern Black Hills.


Online: https://www.fs.usda.gov/blackhills

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