The Legion Lake fire is still actively burning in the Custer State Park and east of the park. It is currently at an estimated 35,000 acres and remains at 7 percent containment.
Residents that are east of the park and west of Highway 79, from LH Road to Buffalo Gap which includes the towns of Fairburn and Buffalo Gap, are being asked to evacuate immediately.
People living east of Fairburn and Buffalo Gap in Custer County are in pre-evacuation status. An evacuation shelter has been set up at the Hermosa School at 11 4th St. and the Hermosa Library will be open from 12:30 to 6:30 p.m. for those needing access to Wi-Fi or computers.
Please use the following routes: Hwy 79 North to Hermosa. All others should avoid this area as Hwy 79 is closed from Hermosa to Maverick Junction.
A successful burnout operation around the State Game Lodge area for structure protection began late Tuesday evening into early morning. No primary structures were compromised through the night, but outbuildings and fences have been lost.
The main objectives for today are analyzing and mapping the exact location of the fire growth, keeping the fire east of Highway 87, active suppression and structure defense, and a creation of dozer lines and retardant drops throughout the day as conditions allow. Burnout operations around the State Game Lodge will also continue as allowed.
Winds will remain out of the northwest at 15 to 25 mph with gusts up to 40 mph.
Fire Desk Information and updates can be provided by emailing LegionLakeFire@gmail.com or by calling (605) 646-3263 between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. We will also provide updates as we get them.