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Black Hills-area wildfires scorch 6,000 acres

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RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) - Wildfires are now burning on about 6,000 acres in southwestern South Dakota and northeastern Wyoming.

The White Draw Fire near Edgemont is the largest at nearly 5,000 acres. It's about 50 percent contained. Fire crews are dealing with the crash of an Air Force air tanker that killed at least one person but fire spokesman Brian Scott says crews are focusing on getting the blaze under control because that's their job.

The Parker Peak Fire near Hot Springs has grown to about 1,000 acres, and is 10 percent contained. The Highlands Fire has scorched about 400 acres between Newcastle, Wyo., and Custer, S.D., and is 60 percent contained. It has destroyed five structures and damaged two others. The Soldier Fire near Beulah, Wyo., is five acres and 50 percent contained.

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