- Associated Press - Sunday, July 3, 2016

SPEARFISH, S.D. (AP) - Firefighters have contained about half of blaze that has consumed nearly 3,000 acres in the Black Hills National Forest.

A June 24 lightning strike started the blaze on Crow Peak west of Spearfish. As of Sunday morning it had consumed 2,733 acres but no structures had been lost. Firefighters had contained about 50 percent of the fire and expected to achieve complete containment by midnight. Officials say 407 people are battling the fire and 51 firefighters have been treated for poison ivy.

Crow Peak is a key landmark in the Northern Black Hills and has a popular hiking trail. Officials say area businesses, campgrounds and recreation sites in the Northern Black Hills remain open for the Fourth of July holiday weekend, but Crow Peak is still closed.

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