For the first time in South Dakota's Black Hills National Forest history smokejumpers are jumping in to fight forest fires.
Tuesday morning smokejumpers started fighting the Parker Peak Fire near Edgemont. It is also when Bob Fry's Northern Rockies Type II IMT assumed command of the Parker Peak Fire.
As of late Tuesday morning the Parker Peak Fire was 10 percent contained burning 800 acres. The nearby White Draw Fire reached 50 percent containment Tuesday as crews prepared to continue burn out operations if they are necessary.
Almost 300 personnel are battling the 4,950-acre White Draw Fire which is threatening 22 structures and 31 outbuildings. The White Draw is located approximately five miles northeast of Edgemont, burning primarily on National Forest Land in a mix of grasslands and timber. The Parker Peak Fire is located 12 miles northeast of Edgemont.