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Crow Peak Fire has grown to 100 acres, 25 percent contained

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Great Plains Fire Information says the Crow Peak Fire near Spearfish has grown to 100 acres and is at 25 percent containment.

The Crow Peak Fire was sparked by lightning on Saturday, June 23, and continues to burn southwest of Spearfish. The Crow Peak Fire was only at 5 percent containment on Monday.

"They are definitely making headway on it," Fire Information Officer Bonnie Jones said. "As we enter the hottest part of the day we hope they can maintain that containment."

Great Plains Fire Information says Monday night's rainfall brought a little relief to the Crow Peak Fire, but on Tuesday firefighters will be tested with high temperatures and dry conditions. Winds are also predicted to push the Crow Peak Fire further southwest.

Northern Hills District Ranger, Rhonda O'Byrne said, "In these hot and dry conditions, it is especially important to look out for your crew members and take care of yourself. Stay hydrated, alert, take breaks, and be safe out there."

Almost 160 personnel are working on the Crow Peak Fire. On Monday two additional handcrews were ordered and are expected to arrive later Tuesday.

Tuesday's effort is focused on providing for firefighter and public safety, protecting heritage resources, and keeping the fire from advancing to the west.

Crews are also continuing to reinforce and improve direct handline and dozer line fire suppression efforts. Two Blackhawk helicopters are providing aid to firefighters on the ground with water bucket drops.

The Crow Peak Hiking Trail remains closed to the public. The Crow Peak road and several Forest Service access roads near the fire are also closed except for fire officials and local residents.

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