Highlands Fire

The Highlands Fire is 100% contained and will no longer be updated on WildlandFires.Info.
More information is available at:

Black Hills National Forest website,
605-673-9200 or visit,


Incident Overview

July 4,2012

Mop up efforts on the Highland Fire went well over night. The crews were available to reach 95% containment. The fire is creeping and smoldering. Heavy smoke is present in the area from the combined fires burning in the area. The Highlands fire is putting up very little smoke at this time. A strike team of 7 engines remain on scene today as well as overhead. Some of engines will be available to assist with initial attack if need. We would like homeowners in the Custer Highlands area to know that we will remain on scene with this fire until the situation changes. Our objectives for today include:

· Containing the fire within the existing constructed lines.

· Mop up around all structures, perimeter, and islands while providing for firefighter and public safety.

· Provide initial attack support to the Black Hills Fire Protection are with available resources as requested by Great Plain Dispatch.

The crews would like to thank the public for their support and offers of supplies and drinks but would like you to know they are self-sufficient through the support of the fire logistics program. The best ways to thank the firefighters are though signs, smiles, waves, kind thoughts, and keeping roads ways clear to allow the firefighters to do their jobs.

Basic Information

Incident Type Wildfire
Cause Under Investigation
Date of Origin Sunday July 01st, 2012 approx. 01:00 PM
Location Custer Highlands
Incident Commander Ray Bubb

Current Situation

Total Personnel 25
Size 394 acres
Percent Contained 95%
Fuels Involved Grass and Timber Urban Interface
Fire Behavior Moderate Smoke
Significant Events Highway 16 remains OPEN. A Type III management team is in place. On private property at this time.60 structures were threatened 5 lost.


Planned Actions Finish line construction, reinforce lines, mop up operations patrol
Growth Potential Moderate
Remarks Updated acerage due to more accurate fire mapping. This fire is 13 miles SE of Newcastle. Incident to date zero injuries for firefighter and zero injuries to the public.


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