- Associated Press - Tuesday, July 5, 2016

SPEARFISH, S.D. (AP) - A wildfire that has been burning on Crow Peak west of Spearfish for more than a week is now fully contained.

The blaze sparked by lightning on June 24 torched more than 2,700 acres, or about 4 square miles.

The U.S. Forest Service on Tuesday said evacuation orders have been lifted. No homes have been lost and some roads are still closed. Butte Electric is working to restore power to area residents.

The agency says 170 people are still working on the fire, but that’s far fewer than the approximately 530 people that were fighting the blaze Saturday.

The agency says smoke will still be visible for the next several weeks because some pockets of land are still burning.

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


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