- Associated Press - Saturday, June 25, 2016

SPEARFISH, S.D. (AP) - A 250-acre wildfire at a scenic peak near Spearfish has forced the U.S. Forest Service to restrict access to the area.

The Forest Service says the fire at Crow Peak was caused by a lightning strike Friday evening. As of 6:30 p.m. Saturday, the fire had not been contained.

Occupants of structures along Crow Peak Bench Road have been notified that they may have to evacuate at some point. Five buildings are in the immediate vicinity of the first and another 15 to 20 in close proximity, the forest service said.

The Great Plains Interagency Dispatch Center says the fire is not easily accessible, and crews are hiking over an hour to reach it. The group says that about 50 people are part of the crew battling the fire and more are on their way.

Crow Peak is a key landmark in the Northern Black Hills and has a popular hiking trail. Its name stems from a battle between Sioux and Crow Indians in which the Sioux were victorious.


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